Kenneth Albert Mortensen, 78 of Valparaiso, passed away Thursday, October 13, 2022. He was born December 22, 1943, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin to Albert and Wilma (Hinz) Thiel. He was active in Boy Scouts, attending the National Jamboree and attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. Ken proudly served in the United States Army as a Russian Linguist. He graduated with an MBA from Oklahoma University and made his career as a self-employed CPA at Mortensen CPA Group for 50 years. He had also been a former member of the Rotary Club in Valparaiso. Ken loved animals, especially his dogs and particularly enjoyed his time as a hobby sheep farmer. Recently, he looked forward to his daily visit with the Meals on Wheels drivers, and greatly appreciated their service. Ken will be dearly missed by those who knew him.
Ken is survived by his children: Benjamin Mortensen, Christiana (Eric) McLean, Angelica (Nate Holdren) Mortensen; nephew, Austin Taylor; stepfather, Armin Graefe; grandchildren: Timothy, David, Katrina, Ayla, and Charlotte; brother, Joseph Graefe; and sister, Shelley (Shawn) Wehner. He was preceded in death by his father, Albert Thiel; mother, Wilma Graefe; and stepfather, Ray Mortensen, who adopted Ken at a young age.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 4, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 2610 N. Campbell Street, Valparaiso, IN. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Ken’s name to the VNA Meals on Wheels, 501 Marquette St., Suite 1, Valparaiso, IN 46383.
Angelica and Family, Please accept Grandpa and my condolences. May he rest in peace. He is now in a better place. We love all of you and wish you peace and comfort. God's Blessings to you. Love Grandpa & Sandi. -Sandra Landgraf
Ben, Chris and Ang, I am so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. Your family was such a big part of my childhood. My thoughts and prayers to go out to you and your families. -Caryn Wilkinson
Your Dad was in my Accounting professor at Valparaiso University. I was a part time adult night student working full time at Bethlehem Steel during the day. He was very patient with me who struggled through his class. Seems like my books never would balance. He was worshipping at my church and I thought that's why I got special treatment from him. Looking forward to visiting with you all at his memorial service. -Ed W. Seykowski