WESTBROOK, Minnesota (STPNS) -- Dr. Kenneth L. Buresh

    A private memorial service will be held in Scottsdale. Memorials may be given to Mary & Martha's Food Pantry, Westbrook, MN or a charitable organization of your choice; online condolences may be sent to www.messingermortuary.com.  

    Dr. Kenneth L. Buresh, who practiced medicine in Westbrook for 17 years, died January 25, 2014, in Scottsdale, AZ. He was born April 15, 1923, in Riceville Iowa.  He attended Luther College and graduated from the University of Iowa Medical School.  He served in the Naval Reserve and was a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps.  While serving his internship at Norwegian American Hospital in Chicago, he met Marilyn Gray.  They married in 1947.

    When he arrived in Westbrook, no hospital existed; until1951when a 15-bed hospital opened.  He and Dr. J.V. Carlson were in family practice together, and at that time house calls were still made. He remembered calls on stormy nights when the snow plow accompanied him because of impassable roads.  He and Marilyn were charter members of the Presbyterian Church.  He was active in the community, also serving on the school board and enjoying limited opportunities playing baseball with the local team.  

    In 1967 he and his family moved to Owatonna, MN, where his medical career lasted 26 more years.  Here, he also remained very active in the community.  Upon retirement, he and Marilyn moved to Arizona. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Marilyn, and their 4 children, Steven Buresh of Portland, OR, Susan (Michael) Missen of Mesa, AZ, Terri Buresh of Scottsdale, AZ, and Ellen (Paul) Finch of Genoa, WI.  Three grandsons, Barclay (Donna) Missen, Zachary (Kristen) Missen and Ian Finch, as well as 3 great grandchildren survive him.