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Willard H. KaunOctober 26, 1922 ~ October 10, 2017 (age 94)
Willard H. Kaun, 94, of West Bend, passed away on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at the Aurora Medical Center in Hartford. The family is thankful for the compassionate care of Samaritan Health.
Willard was born on October 26, 1922 in Allenton WI, the son of the late William and Theresa (Emmer) Kaun. On July 25, 1950, he was united in marriage to Elaine L. Horst at the Little Brown Church in the Vale, Nashua, Iowa. Willard and Elaine were married for almost 66 years making their home in West Bend. Elaine preceded Willard in death on March 21, 2016.
Willard grew up on the family farm in the town of Addison and continued to be involved with farming throughout his life. He graduated from West Bend High School in 1940. In 1944, Willard entered the Army Airforce and served his country during World War II as a Supply Sargent. He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan during the bombing raids on Japan that ended the war in 1945. Following his service to his country, he worked as a machinist and in 1951 became an original employee of Weasler Engineering, where he retired in 1986.
Those Willard leaves behind to cherish his memory include his three children, Tom (Wendy) Kaun of New Lenox, IL, Kathleen (Randy) Gumm of West Bend; and Dan (Amy) Kaun of Racine; six grandchildren, Ben (Megan) Kaun of Santa Rosa CA, Stephen Kaun of Santa Barbara CA, Erica (Ryan) Schellhaas of Menomonee Falls, Kayla (Adam) Turgeon of Menomonee Falls, Ryan Kaun of Racine, and Michael Kaun of Racine; five great-grandchildren, Jonas Kaun, Wrenna Kaun, Logan Schellhaas, Kylee Schellhaas, and Jesse Turgeon; a sister-in-law, Gloria Luedtke; 23 nieces and nephews; other relatives and very dear friends.
In addition to his parents and wife, he is preceded in death by five sisters-in-law and spouses, Viola (Jim) Grady, Jeanette (Vincent) Hausmann, Florence (Elroy) Beilke, Laverne Horst, and Delores (George) Kraeuche; and two brothers-in-law, Alfred Jr. (Pearl) Horst and Floyd Luedtke; and two nephews.
A funeral service in remembrance of Willard will be held on Monday, October 16, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 809 S. 6th Ave., in West Bend, with Rev. David Kellerman officiating. Willard’s family will greet relatives and friends on Monday at the church from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service. A luncheon will follow the service with burial at 2:00 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hartford.
Memorials to St. John’s Lutheran Church are appreciated by the family.
The Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Homes have been entrusted with Willard’s arrangements. Additional information and guest book may be found at www.myrhum-patten.com.