Funeral services LaVern Kauth, age 93, of Bloomfield, Nebraska will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 15, 2019, at First Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomfield. Reverend Jacob Bobby will officiate, with burial in Bloomfield City Cemetery.
Military Honors will be provided by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4996, American Legion Post 249, United States Army Honor Guard, and American Legion Riders.
Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the church.
Brockhaus Funeral Home in Bloomfield is in charge of arrangements.
LaVern died Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at Good Samaritan Society in Bloomfield.
LaVern Edward Kauth, son of John and Christina (Krause) Kauth, was born on June 25, 1926, in Norris, South Dakota. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and was a proud member of First Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomfield.
In 1944, at the age of 18, LaVern found himself joining the United States Army. While serving, he was stationed in Nuremburg, Germany where he worked in the motor pool. It was also during this time that he served as a driver for Generals Eisenhauer and Patton; because of this he was able to sit in on the Nuremburg Trials.
LaVern was discharged from the Army in in 1946 and followed his parents to Bloomfield, Nebraska where they had recently moved to. Upon settling in Bloomfield, he started working for Ray Hansen driving truck. A short time later he met his wife, Lucille Helen Andreasen.
LaVern and Lucille were united in marriage on May 6, 1949. They were blessed with four children Kathy, Debi, Doug, and Melissa. Lucille passed away on April 12, 2018. At the time Lucille’s death, the couple had celebrated 70 years of marriage.
While LaVern tried his hand at various types of employment, his greatest love was farming and raising cattle and horses. While living on the farm LaVern bred and raised Appaloosa horses. He also broke many horses to ride. His love for horses followed him through life and was passed on to his children and grandchildren. But in 1968 he decided farming was not enough and he started working as a road grader for Dolphin township. LaVern was said to be the best road grader around and his services were truly sought after by many.
LaVern knew that Lucille always wanted a new house so in 1978 he bought a lot in Bloomfield and in 1980 the family moved into their brand-new house built by LaVern with the help of many. It was a short time later he quit farming all together and he started driving truck for KK Appliance. LaVern was known as the handy man around Bloomfield. He took classes and started repairing small appliances; and opening LaVern’s Repair from his home. People came from everywhere to have Vern work on their things. He was also a craftsman of wood. His fondest wood working projects involved using old lumber from the First Trinity Lutheran School when it was torn down. With this wood he made wooden crosses, many of which are still in First Trinity today. Others he sold and donated the money back to the church.
One of LaVern’s greatest joys in his life were his children and grandchildren. He loved to teach and he taught them so many things. He loved spending time with friends but most of all he loved to make people laugh.
LaVern was reunited with his wife in our heavenly kingdom on November 12, 2019, at the Good Samaritan Center in Bloomfield, Nebraska.
LaVern was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille; his parents, John and Christine; and siblings, Lena Huber, Amalia Weisz, Lydia Krause, Clara Eisenbraun, Earl Schmidt, Lenora Scheider, Henry Kauth, Edna Uecker, Walter Kauth, and Matt Kauth.
Those remaining to cherish his memory include children, Kathy (Doug) Hallvin of Bloomfield, Debi (Rodger) Freeman of Bloomfield, Doug (Jeanne) Kauth of Yankton, SD, and Melissa (Larry) Erlenbusch of Aberdeen, SD; sister-in law, Bessie Dowty; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John (Jeanette) Andreasen. Grandchildren include: Karri (Troy) Mohr and Nate; Lance and Nate Freeman-Frye; Jason (Jackie) Freeman, Tiernee and Ty; Aamy (Brent) Drotzmann, Wil, Chayse and Ellie; Linsey (Justin) Schardt, Riley and Graham; Jarrett (Rachel) Hallvin, Brooklyn and Cameron; Darci Kauth, Alice and Violet; Olivia (Dan) and Oliver Meyer, and Alex Bartlett and Andrew Bartlett. He also survived many nieces and nephews.