Clarence "Kenny" Laabs died Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, surrounded by his family at his Fair Haven home after a year-long battle with lung cancer. He was 85.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at Concordia Lutheran Church with Pastor Timothy Nerud officiating. Visitation will be from 4-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Annandale with a prayer service at 7:15 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service Thursday at the church.
Clarence Julius Laabs was born Aug. 8, 1928, in South Haven to Fred and Emma (Leuders) Laabs. He lived in the Fair Haven area his entire life. He married the love of his life Beverly Newman Sept. 9, 1961, and together they had four children. One of Kenny's crowning achievements was his impeccable work ethic which is an example to us all. He served more than 40 years as a cement mason with the Cement Mason and Plasterers Union.
Kenny enjoyed gardening and took great pride in taking care of his yard. He had the greatest love for his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They meant the world to him and he protected them to the end.
Kenny was preceded in death by his parents, sister Millie Hinz, and brother Harland.
He is survived by his wife Beverly of Fair Haven; sons Randy (and Marguerite) Laabs of Kimball, and Ricky (and Marilyn) Laabs of Watkins; daughters Sandy (and Jerry) Kelly of Kimball, and Patty (and Eric) Hanson of Sartell; 12 grandchildren: Anthony, Aaron, Adam, Ariel, Shawn, Heidi and Jimmy Laabs, Eric, Ryan and Gracie Lantto, and Haley and Natalie Hanson; great-grandchildren Leyla and Tucker; and sister Sally Engelson of Willmar.
Pallbearers will be Bill Newman, Dale Mozena, Dale Engelson, John Rose, Tony Mengelkoch, and Dennis Dillon. Special thanks to Dr. Rahm and St. Cloud Hospice staff, especially his hospice nurse Dawn. Arrangements were entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Annandale.