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Ronald Kuennen

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Ronald Kuennen age 78 of Lawler, IA, died Monday, October 10, 2016, at Linn Haven Rehab and Healthcare in New Hampton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 15, 2016, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Lawler, with Rev. Kyle Digmann celebrating the Mass. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Friends may greet the family 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Friday, October 14, 2016, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Lawler where there will be a 4:00 p.m. rosary and a 6:45 p.m. parish scripture service. Visitation continues an hour prior to the Mass at the church on Saturday. Funeral arrangements are with Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home in Lawler. Ronald “Ronnie” William Kuennen was born June 13, 1938, near Festina, IA, the son of William and Vera (Lusson) Kuennen. He attended St. Luke’s Catholic School in St. Lucas through the fourth grade when the family moved to Lawler. He then completed his education in Lawler, graduating from high school in 1956. On October 25, 1960, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin, MN, be married Kathryn “Kay” Mallinger. To this union six children were born. The couple farmed north of Lawler for 43 years. Ronnie also worked for a feed mill, owned and operated Ron’s Farm Supply for 15 years and the car wash in Lawler for many years as well. After retirement he delivered the Waterloo Courier for many years. His wife Kay died on June 6, 2003, at the age of 62. Ron will be remembered by his family for his ability to keep all birthdays, anniversary and other dates straight. He knew so many family genealogies; who was married to who, maiden names, who were their parents, where they lived and how they were all related. Mostly, Ronnie loved the time he spent with his friends and family. Survivors include two sons, David (Jacquie) Kuennen of Burnsville, MN and Pat (Kris) Kuennen of Alexandria, MN; three daughters, Carolyn Kuennen of Apple Valley, MN, Mary Kuennen of Minneapolis, MN and Veronica (Brian) Hill of Kansas City, MO; six grandchildren, Brian Kuennen, Katy Dubbels, Emily Kuennen, Abby Hill, Sam Kuennen and Jake Hill; four brothers, Jerry (Andrea) Kuennen of Burnsville, MN, Bill (Linda) Kuennen of Cedar Rapids, Bob (Alice) Kuennen of Cedar Falls and Vern (Betsy) Kuennen of Davenport; one sister, Helen (Dan) Cahalan of Rockwell, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Kathryn; and son, John Kuennen in 2014.

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  1. We are so sorry for the loss of Uncle Ron. Our heartfelt condolences to all of his children, grandchildren and siblings. We are thankful we were able to visit with him in June 2015 at the Kuennen annual reunion. Listening to him recall stories, and with such detail was an impressive gift we will not forget. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. With love: Scott, Heather and Rymar Kuennen

  2. Our sincere sympathy to Ron’s family. Lots of good memories-at the feed store, still have the rain gauge with Ron’s Farm Supply on it; he went with Ken to find me a grinder mixer which I got on my birthday so then I could buy more feed from him; he helping to dry corn on our farm; we borrowed our auger to him and sure enough the wind blew it over and we had to get it replaced; when your Mom & Dad came over when Ryan was born along with some other neighbors and brought a nice handmade baby quilt for him; and all the stops he made to the bank to give Ken a hard time or just the latest scoop of news. Keep all the fun times close to your hearts. We hold good memories of both your parents.

  3. Dave, Pat, Carol, Veronica and Mary: You have my sympathy. Will always remember the great times of growing up in Lawler – across from ‘Ron’s Farm Supply’! May you all find peace at this difficult time. Agnes sends her sympathy as well. May your dad rest in peace. Laura ‘Nulty’ Hutchens and family

  4. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Ronnie was a great friend to my dad…he will be missed. Mike and Karla (Busta) Pisarik and family

  5. My sincerest sympathy for you, the family of Ronnie Kuennen. I so enjoyed my visits with Ronnie early in the morning after returning home from work. He always asked about Gene and I appreciated his thoughtfulness. Lawler will miss him.

  6. To Ronnie: So sorry to hear of your passing. I will really miss our mini visits when you brought the paper. So sorry I can’t be there for you as I am in Alabama. You know I would have been on the altar for you. Lawler benefited from your move from Saint Lucas. I will miss you Buddy… Jack

  7. Oh Ronnie…what is Lawler going to do without You? He is certainly going to be missed. Ronnie was the go-to guy when you wanted to know how old somebody was or other important information. He could always be counted on to be in attendance at any of the church suppers I worked on. This guy had a better social life than me by far! We even spent a few Christmas and Easter dinners together when the weather was bad and families weren’t able to travel. The Sabelka house needed a few more people around the table to make the day a little merrier and he was up to the job. May Ronnie enjoy eternal rest along with Kay and John. My sympathy to the Kuennen family. Those selfies just aren’t going to be the same without him.


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