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September 16, 2019


7/31/2019 3:09:00 PM
Calvin Kuhnau

Calvin Kuhnau, 94, of Northfield, formerly of Windom, died July 24, 2019, after a 10-month battle with brain cancer.
A Celebration of Life will be held today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m., at Northfield United Methodist Church in Northfield.
A private interment will be at Oaklawn Cemetery in Northfield.
Visitation was Tuesday at Benson & Langehough Funeral Home in Northfield, which is handling the funeral arrangements, and continues today at the church for one hour prior to the service.
Calvin C. Kuhnau was born Jan. 11, 1925, to Rudolph and Daisy (Winzer) Kuhnau in Jackson County.
After graduating from Windom High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy for two years, serving as quartermaster (ship navigation) in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was the fifth son of his family to serve.
After the war, he attended the University of Minnesota and graduated with an accounting degree in 1950.
A day later, he married Donna Crawford in Cresco, Iowa.
Cal worked as an accountant for Honeywell in Minneapolis for two years, then joined the Federal Land Bank system as a field loan officer in Northfield in 1952. He retired in 1985 as the Northfield association president.
He and Donna raised three children and lived in the same home in Northfield for 65 years.
Family and community service were important to Cal, even during his illness. He also enjoyed the outdoors, pheasant and partridge hunting, softball, golf, woodworking, travel, walking, keeping things well-maintained (including his home and motor home) and was an avid bridge player. He also had an interest in agriculture.
He volunteered for years as a member of United Methodist Church, where he served on administrative boards and was an usher and offering counter. He organized Meals on Wheels volunteers for 20 years and worked on local Habitat for Humanity and low-income housing projects. He helped with flood and hurricane relief building around the country during 25 mission trips with the Methodist NOMADS organization.
Cal was involved with the Northfield Golf Club, Northfield VFW and Northfield Lions Club. Most recently, he volunteered at Used-a-Bit Shop in Northfield where he was known for fixing things and recycling.
Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Donna; a son, David (Kristi) Kuhnau of Lakeville; daughters, Leslie (Mark) Kimber of Northfield and Cara (Jeff) Kennedy of Burnsville; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.








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