Kenneth “Kenny” Kuck, 72, of Searles died Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 am Saturday, November 17 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Searles with Monsignor John A. Richter celebrating the Mass. Burial will be at a later date at the St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Searles. Visitation will be 4-8 pm Friday and 7:30-10 am Saturday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home SOUTH CHAPEL in New Ulm. The Knights of Columbus and St. John’s Catholic United Financial will pray the rosary at 6 pm at the funeral home on Friday.
Kenny is survived by his wife, Elizabeth “Betty” Kuck of Searles; daughters and sons-in-law, Deb and Bob Rose of Savage, Laurie and Lee Weier of New Ulm; son, Jon Kuck and fiancée, Lisa Puhlman, of New Ulm; grandchildren, Shannon, Steph, Eric, Kayleigh; great grandchildren, Sydney, Chloe, Levi Kenneth; brothers and sister-in-law, LaVerne Kuck of New Ulm, and Richard and Sherry Kuck of rural New Ulm. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister-in-law, Marlyn Kuck; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Clarence and Marge Dauer; and brother-in-law, Robert Hoffman.
Kenneth Werner Kuck was born December 3, 1939 in New Ulm to John and Quidella (Reinhart) Kuck. He graduated from Cathedral High School with the class of 1957. On June 6, 1959, Kenny was united in marriage to Elizabeth “Betty” Hoffman at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Searles. He worked for Kraft Foods in New Ulm for 40 years, retiring in 1999. After his retirement, Kenny worked at Randy Kraus Painting for 10 years. He was a lifetime member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church where he served on the church council and was a trustee, and a member of St. John’s Catholic United Financial and the Knights of Columbus. He served on the Board of Directors for Minnesota Valley Funeral Home for 9 years, several of which he served as President of the Board. Kenny also served on the Searles Baseball Board. Kenny loved baseball and played for Searles Baseball for 25 years and was a baseball and softball umpire for 21 years. In 2011, he was inducted into the Minnesota State Amateur Baseball Association Hall of Fame. Memorials are preferred to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church or Cathedral Athletics.