Verdus J. Kann

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Verdus Joseph Kann, 85, of Mankato, Minn., passed away unexpectedly at his home on July 12, 2021.

Visitation will be Saturday, Aug. 28, from 10-11 a.m. at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg.

Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries.

Interment will be at Guttenberg City Cemetery, Guttenberg. 

There will be a small lunch served at the Guttenberg Municipal Building after the burial.

Verdus was born March 31, 1936, in Guttenberg, the son of Herbert and Ida (Heck) Kann. He attended Jefferson #6 country school until eighth grade. After school he worked on the family farm until he joined the Army in 1959. He was discharged in 1965 and returned to the home farm. On June 19, 1972, he married Sandra (Eberhard) Clefisch. The couple had one son, Joe. Verdus continued to farm for several more years before starting a new career as an over-the-road semi driver from 1987-2000. He and Sandra moved to Minnesota in 1992. In 2000 he retired from over-the-road trucking and worked closer to home hauling asphalt in the summer and snow in the winter until 2006. In 2006 he began hauling campers across the country and into Canada. He retired for good in 2010 at which time he moved to Mankato to be closer to his son, Joe, and his two grandchildren. He spent the rest of his life in Mankato spending his time helping his son finish his house, babysitting his grandchildren, dog sitting for Joe’s dog, Ellie, and attending his grandchildren’s sporting events. 

Verdus was known for his ability to teach himself many skills and becoming accomplished at them. He took up welding after finding an arc welder for a good deal and ended up welding on the side while farming. He taught himself woodworking and made many small and large items. Several of his creations are still used by his son and step children. 

Verdus is survived by his son, Joe (Mary Jo) Kann of Mankato; sister, Mary (Eldon) Parker of Guttenberg; grandchildren, Josh and Samantha; as well as his step children, Steven (Judy) Clefisch, of Guttenberg, Scott (Brenda) Clefisch of Colorado Springs, Colo., Stuart (Kristi) Clefisch, of Garnavillo, and Shelley (Artie) Foster, of St. Paul, Minn.; many nieces; nephews; step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Sandra in 2018; brothers, Reynold, Loren, and Herbert “Bud”, and his sister, Donna.

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