Kenneth R. Vangness, 86, of Kasson, passed away Thursday, January 10, 2013, at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center, MN, where he had been a resident for four days.
Ken was born July 10, 1926, in Concord, MN to Jacob and Julia Vangness. He attended school in West Concord, served in the Army Air Corps during World War II from 1944 to 1947, and married June E. Keller of Dodge Center in June, 1946. They lived in the West Concord area until 1956 when they moved to Kasson. Their 66th wedding anniversary was celebrated in 2012.
He is survived by three sons (Roger (Karen), LuVerne (Cathy), and Steve), five daughters (Jeannie, Pat (Gary) Olevson, Bev (Dan) Harris, Sandi (Dean) Solberg, and Sheri (Chuck) Finger), 20 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, brother Harold (Alma), two sisters (Shirley Giesler and Florence Wangen), sister-in-law June Baldridge, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife June in September 2012, grandson J.J., parents, brothers (Obert, Jeff, Irving, Luther), and sisters (Alice, Harriet, Ruth).
Ken lived a full and active life. He managed the Mobil gas station in Kasson for many years before moving on to work on the pipeline. Eventually he started his own backhoe business, Vangness Construction, finally retiring in 2011. In his younger years, he served on the Kasson Fire Department and was a member of the Masonic Lodge and American Legion. He fully participated in bowling leagues, fishing, hunting, and finally gave up his golfing league at age 85. He loved to tell a good joke, tease his grandkids, and made many batches of peanut brittle each Christmas.
The family would like to express their gratitude for the wonderful care he received at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center and in the Memory Care Unit at Gunderson Suites in Kenyon during these last difficult months.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, January 15, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Kasson. Visitation will be Monday, January 14, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church and one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Burial of cremation remains of Ken and June will take place in the spring.
The family prefers memorials to them to be distributed later at their wishes.
Dibble Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Kasson is in charge of the arrangements.