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Jakes Funeral Home
by Published on June 6, 2021


“Do what you love to do, and be around things that make you smile.

The cows make me smile every day.” – David Jackson


Kenneth “Kenny” Dayton of West Salem passed away peacefully in his home on March 19, 2021 with his family by his side. 

Kenneth was born in West Salem, WI on June 18th, 1930 to Jerry Dayton and Mary Randall of West Salem.  In 1959, he married Penny Heise.  They were married for 61 years.  He served two active years in the U.S. Army, one of those years in Germany.  Other than his stint in the military, Kenneth worked as a farmer in West Salem his entire life.  His family has seven generations living and farming in West Salem.  Nothing gave him greater joy than working on the family farm with his family.  He received the award for Outstanding Wisconsin Farmer in 2002. 

In mid-life, Kenneth accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior.  He was baptized in the West Salem Baptist Church.  He dedicated his life to serving the Lord.  His faith was steadfast and unbreakable. 

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, Jerry and Mary; brothers, Howard, Bailey, and Leroy Dayton and sister, Rachel Michaels. 

Kenneth leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife Penny Heise-Dayton; children, Frank (Christine) Dayton, Jerry (Patty) Dayton Jr., Tim (Caroline) Dayton, and Betty (Joe) Dayton-Sestanovich; eight grandchildren; 4 grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and Church family. 

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 AM, on Friday, April 23, 2021, at the Eureka Opera House. 


Kenneth's favorite cartoon when he was young.


Service provided by Jake's Funeral Home.

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He let me hunt on his land during the fall deer season. Shot my biggest buck there...miss you friend.
June 7, 2021
Back in the olden days, we use to get our eggs at his farm. He didn't have many chickens running around, but he was always willing to give a dozen to my mom after we lost our dad. He will always be remember as a hard working farmer with a sense of humor. - Pete
June 7, 2021