Laverne Kack, age 95, of Canby, MN passed away on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at the Sanford Canby Medical Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30am on Thursday, August 19th at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Canby. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7pm on Wednesday, August 18th at the Houseman Funeral Home-Birk Chapel in Canby with a prayer service at 7pm. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in Canby. Houseman Funeral Home-Birk Chapel of Canby is entrusted with the arrangements.
Laverne Mathias Kack was born on the family farm in Yellow Medicine County, Burton Township, Minnesota on May12, 1926 to William and Cecilia (Weber) Kack. He attended St. Leo Catholic School. In December of 1944, Laverne was drafted into the US Army. He received his training at Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Mead, Maryland and Camp Rucker, Alabama. In September of 1945 he was shipped over seas to the Philippine Islands to the Island of Leyte where he drove truck until coming back the USA in October of 1946. He was honorably discharged in December of 1946. Once he was returned home he ran the beer tavern known as Kack’s Place for his mother until 1950. Laverne was united in marriage to Alice VanDerostyne on May 4, 1948 at St. Edwards Catholic Church in Minneota, MN. To this union they were blessed with seven children. The couple lived in St. Leo until 1950 and then they moved to the farm and started dairy farming by St. Leo, Porter, Ghent and Canby until 1979 when they moved to Canby. Laverne then worked at the Farmers Coop full time for 11 years and part time for 10 more years. After retiring Laverne and Alice traveled with their camper to 47 states and spent 19 winters in Sun City, Arizona. In 1999, Laverne and Alice went to Belgium, France and Rome, Italy. Laverne enjoyed camping, deer and pheasant hunting and he loved to play pool. His best memories were made spent with family and friends. He was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church and a former member of St. Leo Catholic Church, Ss. Cyril & Methodious Catholic Church and St. Edwards Catholic Church where he served on various boards and committees throughout the years. He was also a member of Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree, a member of the St. Leo American Legion and a life member of the Canby VFW.
Grateful for having shared Laverne’s life is his wife of 73 years, Alice Kack, Canby; his children: Diane (Dale) Warholm, Burnsville, MN, Paulette (John) Guiliano, Surprise, AZ, Randy (Dori) Kack, Canby, Lois (Lowell) Fales, Canby and Glen Kack, Canby; 15 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren; his siblings: Rita (Gene) Streff, Aggie (Ray) Kloos, Joyce (Joe) Beckermann and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; two sons: Ron and Robert Kack; and his siblings: Bernice, Alvin, Celine, Irene, Urban, Roger and LeRoy.