Aune, Kenneth Laverne (1924-2011)

Kenneth Laverne Aune, 86 of Grygla, MN died on Sunday, December 25, 2011 at Heritage Hospice in Edina, MN.

Funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, December 30, 2011 at United Lutheran Church in Gatzke, MN with Rev. Cheryl Berg officiating. Burial will follow at Moose River Cemetery near Gatzke, MN. Military honors will be provided by the Grygla American Legion & the Minnesota Army National Guard Honor Guard.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN. Visitation will also be held from 9:30 AM until 10:30 AM on Friday at the church.

Kenneth Laverne Aune was born on December 31, 1924 in International Falls, MN the son of Norwegian parents, John and Gusta (Lian) Aune. He was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith. The family made their home on a farm in Rollis Township, south of Gatzke, MN. He attended country school through the eighth grade at which time he had to stay home and help on the farm. He was known to his family and friends as Laverne.

Laverne was united in marriage to Lila Marcella Kilen on August 18, 1945 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church of Thief Lake. To this union four lovely, adorable daughters were born, KayLynn, Roxanne, Karen, and Denise. Laverne entered into service with the United States Army on February 27, 1946 at Ft. Snelling, MN. He worked as a teletype mechanic and served in San Antonio, TX, St. Louis, MO as well as other places. Laverne was Honorably Discharged on August 23, 1947 at Scott Field, IL.

The couple made their home in Grygla, MN and Laverne was co-owner of an Appliance Store with Clayton Ostby, when the REA brought electricity to area farms. In 1950 the family made their home in the Minneapolis area where they made their home for the next 41 years. Laverne worked several jobs including Johnson Wells Screen, hauling dirt for people putting in lawns, and for 35 years drove truck for Land O’Lakes. After retiring, the couple returned to Grygla in 1991.

Laverne was a member of United Lutheran Church in Gatzke, MN, American Legion Post in Grygla, and also held membership at the Fourtown/Grygla Sportsman’s Club. He enjoyed dancing, playing cards, bowling, visiting with friends and relatives, going to sporting events, traveling, camping, fishing, hunting, and spending winters in Mission, TX since 1989. He enjoyed life, was fun loving; Laverne worked hard and played hard!

Laverne is survived by his children, KayLynn (Les) Wells of Kelowna, BC, Canada, Roxanne (Tim) Berg of Cropwell, AL, Karen (Darell) Severts of Grygla, MN and Denise (David) Bieber of Lakeville, MN; grandchildren, Christopher (Shana) Wells, Shane Wells, Patrick (Amanda) Wells, Lindsey Wells, Derek (Molly) Berg, Megan Berg, Mark (Tausha) Severts, Tara Severts, Cody (fiancé, Shelly Wernet) Severts, Brandon Bieber and Brittany Bieber; great-grandchildren, Lauren and Alena Wells, Owen and Evelyn Berg, Addison and Brianna Severts; sister, Marvel Carlson of Thief River Falls; sisters-in-law, Hazel Aune of Thief River Falls and Helen Kilen of Greenbush, MN; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Laverne is preceded in death by his wife, Lila, on March 27, 2003; his parents; brothers and sisters, Olaf Aune, Esther O’Brien, Mildred Paulson, Glen Aune and Juel Aune.

Found at: Johnson Funeral Service

Transcribed by:  Cheryl Srnsky