Clarence “Kenny” Laabs died January 31, 2014, surrounded by family at his home, after a year-long battle with lung cancer.
Funeral Service will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 6, 2014 at Concordia Lutheran Church with Pastor Timothy Nerud Officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Annandale with a prayer service at 7:15. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service, Thursday, at the church.
Clarence Julius Laabs was born August 8, 1928 to Fred and Emma (Leuders) Laabs in South Haven. He lived in the Fair Haven area his entire life. He married the love of his life Beverly Newman on September 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 over 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 is survived by his wife Beverly of Fair Haven; sons Randy (Marguerite) of Kimball and Ricky (Marilyn) of Watkins; daughters Sandy (Jerry) Kelly of Kimball and Patty (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; 2 great grandchildren Leyla and Tucker; and sister Sally Engelson of Willmar. He is preceded in death by his parents Fred and Emma; sister Millie Hinz; and brother Harland.
The 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 are entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Annandale.