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Dr. Kenneth N. Krutsch

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Dr. Kenneth N. Krutsch, age 77, of Washburn, passed away Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. He was born Nov. 6, 1944, in Milwaukee to Kenneth E. and Norma J. (Williams) Krutsch.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Phyllis; his children, Kenneth F. (Barbara) Krutsch, Nancy Kenney, and Brad (Kristin) Krutsch; his granddaughters, Jane Krutsch and Lucy Kenney; a sister, Carol (Larry) Johansen; an aunt and uncle, Dorothy (Williams) and Hans Mueller; sisters-in-law, Robin (Kimm) Perlin, Susan (Dan) Kreshtool, and brother-in-law Steven Martin; cousins, nieces and nephews, and many dear friends and colleagues.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Jo Ann Grafton.

Ken was a 1963 graduate of Whitefish Bay High School. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and was awarded his M.D. from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison in 1973, where he also completed his urology residency in 1978.

After moving to Washburn, Ken practiced urology in the area for almost 40 years. Second only to his love for his family, he loved his work and his patients.

He had many passions including making maple syrup, planting and nurturing trees and shrubs, splitting and stacking wood, a love for food and wine, and a gift for friendship. He took exceptional delight in being outdoors particularly on his beloved five acres on Lake Superior where he and his wife lived and raised their family since 1978. He will be greatly missed.

A private graveside service will be held.

In lieu of flowers or memorials please leave condolences for the family on the guestbook page at

The Bratley Funeral Home in Washburn, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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