Obituary for Kenneth “Jake” Kaul

Kenneth F. “Jake” Kaul, age 79, of Northfield, passed away Thursday, September 21, 2017, at Mayo Clinic Hospital-Saint Mary’s Campus due to complications from cancer. Kenneth was born August 31, 1938, the son of Francis and Mary Kaul in Kenyon, Minnesota. He grew up in rural Kenyon and Faribault and graduated from Faribault High School class of 1956. Ken was united in marriage to Judy Lehman on December 1, 1962 at Church of St. Dominic. He worked many years as a welder at Lull Engineering in Eagan, but found his ideal job and lasting friendships at St. Olaf College where […]

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Kenneth F. “Jake” Kaul, age 79, of Northfield, passed away Thursday, September 21, 2017, at Mayo Clinic Hospital-Saint Mary’s Campus due to complications from cancer.

Kenneth was born August 31, 1938, the son of Francis and Mary Kaul in Kenyon, Minnesota. He grew up in rural Kenyon and Faribault and graduated from Faribault High School class of 1956. Ken was united in marriage to Judy Lehman on December 1, 1962 at Church of St. Dominic. He worked many years as a welder at Lull Engineering in Eagan, but found his ideal job and lasting friendships at St. Olaf College where he worked for over 15 years. He was still working part time at Laura Baker Services in Northfield.

Ken had many true loves and fascinating interests starting with his wife and family, but also attending his grandchildren’s sports and musical activities. He enjoyed tractors and was a member of the Rice County Gas and Steam Engine Club. He tended to his large vegetable garden and shared it with others. Ken took daily walks around Northfield, hanging out at the Northfield Senior Center and going to local farm auctions. He was an avid Lynx and Timberwolves fan as well.

He was known among his family and friends for always having a new joke to tell, especially to his grandchildren or share a fascinating fact of something going on in the world or even an interesting perspective on political or social news as he was an avid reader of current events. Ken was a member of the Church of St. Dominic for the past 55 years.

Ken is survived by his loving wife of almost 55 years, Judy, three children AnneMarie Kaul (Tim Fischer), Mary Kaul-Hottinger (David), Peter (Darci) Kaul, seven grandchildren Bailey and Will Fischer, George and Frannie Hottinger, Haley, Andrew and Adam Kaul. He is also survived by a sister Gloria (Paul) Kennedy, a brother Bill (Jean), brother-in-law David Dienst and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Nancy Dienst.

Services will be Friday, September 29, 2017 at 10:30 AM at Church of St Dominic. Visitation will be Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 5 to 7 PM at Bierman Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service in the church. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Northfield. Arrangements by Bierman Funeral Home. biermanfuneralhome.com

Please feel free to wear casual clothing, including your best tractor t-shirt, to Ken’s service as that is how Ken would feel most comfortable.

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Funeral

September 29, 2017 - 10:30 AM


Visitation One Hour Before Service
Church of St. Dominic - Northfield
104 Linden St N Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

Visitation

September 28, 2017 - 5:00 PM - 7:00PM

Bierman Funeral Home
1316 Division St S Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

Burial

Burial: September 29, 2017 - 12:00 AM

Calvary Cemetery
Calvary Cemetery Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

3 Comments

  1. Virginia Potts (Michael Hannon's grandma)

    My sympathy to you George, and to your Mom and Dad. A grandpa is a very special person! So remember all of your wonderful memories you have about him, and remember to talk to him, he does hear you! Virginia Potts.

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  2. Tanner Schieck

    Kenny was a special man who will truly be missed. We had the pleasure of being next-door neighbors to Kenny and Judy for just over 3 years. My young children enjoyed waving to Kenny in his bright red, always clean, pickup truck as he gave a one-handed wave reply. We also enjoyed seeing Kenny as he went on his nightly walks or mowed his lawn with precision. He was great with our kids as he took a genuine interest in asking them questions or showing them his tractors and tractor memorabilia. I also enjoyed my conversations with Kenny as we discussed basketball, tractors, farming, yard work, politics, family, etc. He was always so friendly and was the perfect neighbor. On numerous occasions Kenny lent me various tools and he often shared the fall bounty of his amazing garden with our family. He was a blessing to our family. Judy, our heart goes out to you as well as to your family!

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    • mike martinez

      to judy and family!
      our hearts go out to each of you!on the passing of your father/husband! maybe you all find comfort in the lord our God! me and kenny go back quite aways at Olaf. where we both worked together!he was really a true-friend of mine! always coming around with a different joke
      which i enjoyed hearing! i would have to say that he was one of a kind! there is no one
      out there who can fit in his shoes because he was truly one-of-a-kind! God bless each and everyone of you in this difficult times of yours! just remember:GOD ONLY TAKES THE BEST AND KENNNY WAS ONE OF HIS CHOSEN ONES!!!

      Reply

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