Obituary for Calvin Kuhnau

Calvin C. Kuhnau passed away at age 94 on July 24, 2019 after a valiant ten-month battle against brain cancer. He was born in Jackson County, MN on January 11, 1925 to Daisy (Winzer) and Rudolph Kuhnau. He graduated from Windom High School and then enlisted in the US Navy for two years serving as quartermaster (ship navigation) in the Pacific Theater during WWII. He was especially proud to be the fifth son of his family to serve. After the war, he went to the University of MN and graduated with an accounting major in 1950 and the day following […]

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Calvin C. Kuhnau passed away at age 94 on July 24, 2019 after a valiant ten-month battle against brain cancer. He was born in Jackson County, MN on January 11, 1925 to Daisy (Winzer) and Rudolph Kuhnau.

He graduated from Windom High School and then enlisted in the US Navy for two years serving as quartermaster (ship navigation) in the Pacific Theater during WWII. He was especially proud to be the fifth son of his family to serve. After the war, he went to the University of MN and graduated with an accounting major in 1950 and the day following graduation married Donna Crawford in Cresco, Iowa. He worked for Honeywell in Minneapolis for two years as an accountant and in 1952 Cal joined the Federal Land Bank system as a field loan officer in Northfield and retired in 1985 as the Northfield association president. He and Donna raised three children and lived in the same home in Northfield for 65 years.

Cal revered the importance of family and service to the community which he did even during his illness. He enjoyed the outdoors, pheasant and partridge hunting, softball, golf, woodworking, travel, interest in agriculture, walking, keeping things well-maintained (including home and motor home) and was an avid bridge player. He did extensive volunteering for years as a member of United Methodist Church where he served on administrative boards and was usher and offering counter. He organized Meals on Wheels volunteers for 20 years, worked on Habitat for Humanity and low-income housing projects locally. He helped with flood and hurricane relief rebuilding around the country during 25 mission trips with the Methodist NOMADS organization. He was active with the Northfield Golf Club, Northfield VFW and Northfield Lions Club. Most recently he volunteered at Used-a-Bit Shop in Northfield where he was known for fixing things and recycling.

He is survived by wife of 69 years, Donna; son, David (Kristi) Kuhnau of Lakeville; daughter, Leslie (Mark) Kimber of Northfield; and daughter Cara (Jeff) Kennedy of Burnsville; 8 grandchildren: Sonja Overhiser, Lisa Kuhnau, Becky Novotny, Bryan Kimber, Brett Kimber, Chris Kimber, Erin Fiege, Ryan Kennedy plus 8 great-grandchildren.

Please join the family for visitation at Benson & Langehough Funeral Home in Northfield, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. Visitation will continue at the church on Wednesday morning beginning at 10:00AM.

Celebration of Cal’s life will be at Northfield United Methodist Church on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at 11:00AM, followed by lunch. Private interment will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, Northfield.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift in memory of Cal Kuhnau to Northfield United Methodist Church or FiftyNorth (Northfield Senior Center) or the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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Funeral

July 31, 2019 - 11:00 AM


Visitation One Hour Before Service
Northfield United Methodist Church
1401 Maple St, Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

Visitation

July 30, 2019 - 4:00 PM - 6:00PM

Benson & Langehough Funeral Home
201 East 4th Street Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

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