Sutton, Nebraska, resident Kenneth Don Kauk, age 87, went to be with the Lord on March 20, 2013, at Memorial Hospital in Aurora, Nebraska. Services were held on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Hope Reformed Church in Sutton, with Rev. Darrell Kingswood officiating. Interment was in the Sutton Cemetery.
Kenneth was born August 4, 1925, in rural Clay County, Nebraska, to Reinhold P. and Verna (Ochsner) Kauk. He began his education near his home at the District 29 one-room schoolhouse and later attended Sutton High School, graduating in 1942. On December 5, 1948, Kenneth married Eileen Byrkit at Clay Center, Nebraska. He spent his working years farming with his father and later with his son David.
Kenneth was baptized and confirmed in the Sutton Hope Reformed Church, being a lifelong member of that church. He had a great passion for his Lord. He began teaching at Hope when he was in high school and continued teaching into his 70s. He enjoyed high school students and also spent many years teaching catechism classes. He directed the church choir for fifty years and directed choirs at RCVS summer family camps. He sang for many events.
He is remembered for his many years serving the church as deacon and elder. He spent much time counseling and visiting the sick and elderly. Besides his love for the Lord, he was dedicated to his family and community. He was a 4-H leader and on boards for the Eldorado Coop and the Sutton Community Home.
Kenneth is survived by his wife Eileen; sons David (Ann) of Saronville, Nebraska, and Mark of Orange City, Iowa; daughter Nancy (Dave) Klauschie of Omaha, Nebraska; grandchildren Emily (Nick) Mouw, Nathan (Blaire) Kauk, Sarah Kauk, Nathan Poel, Daniel (Rands) Poel, David (Briana) Poel, Trevor Kauk, Dallas Klauschie and fiancé Joe Durick, and Lyndon Klauschie; great-grandchildren Austin and Chase Mouw and Brynnleigh Kauk; and sister-in-law Lenora (Raymond) Kauk. He was preceeded in death by his parents, his step-mother Clara (Ehly-Kauk) Rauscher, granddaughter Joanna Kauk, and daughter-in-law JoEllen Kauk.