Louis Fredrick 'Louie' Kahnk
Kahnk, Louis "Louie" Fredrick age 89 of Minneapolis, passed away peacefully at the Minnesota Veterans Home on Saturday, February 13, 2021. Louie was born in Ruthton, Minnesota on December 8, 1931 to George Kahnk and Marie (Kroeger) Kahnk. He attended Lake Wilson High School where he was, in his words, part of the "famed" Triple Threat backfield with his brothers Cliff and Dick. Louie then attended college at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he pursued a degree in Chemistry. He later served in the Korean War from 1953 to 1954, during which he was awarded a Bronze Star. After the war, Louie returned to Minnesota, eventually taking a job at Honeywell. It was during this time that Louie married the love of his life, Elizabeth Ann (Sundell) Kahnk. Louie and Liz were married on June 28, 1958. After living briefly in south Minneapolis, Louie and Liz moved to Fridley, Minnesota, where they raised their three children and lived for nearly 50 years. Louie lived a full and happy life. He loved spending time with family and friends, pursuing passions in cooking, gardening, sports (both watching and coaching), and being outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who passed along his love for the outdoors to his children. One of the great joys in his adulthood was organizing an annual fishing trip to Coli Lake in Canada. Since these trips - which spanned several decades - often involved a dozen people or more, preparation was both long and painstaking. Being very comfortable with lists, however, Louie assigned tasks and commandeered the necessary supplies, resulting in trips that over 100 different individuals enjoyed with him over the years. Louie's love for the outdoors was most frequently expressed at the Kahnk family cabin at Johnson Lake in northern Minnesota, where much time was spent over the years with extended family and friends, building numerous relationships and creating many wonderful memories. Louie had a wry sense of humor and liked to gently needle people from time to time - always with just a bit of a smile and a gleam in his eye. His sense of humor never deserted him, as many of his caretakers later in life commented upon how Louie would often slip in a sly remark here or an unexpected comment there, just to keep them on their toes. And whenever a caretaker would share such a story about Louie, he or she always had a smile on their face and a gleam in their eye. Louie is preceded in death by his parents; all nine of his siblings - Blanche, Don, Les, Marvin, Harold, Ray, Marian, Dick and Cliff; and his brothers-in-law Ralph (Kathleen) Schiemann and John (Margaret) Nathe. He is survived by his three children - William (Royanna) Kahnk, Phoenix, AZ; Virginia (James) Beran, Pensacola, FL; Joseph (Shannon) Kahnk, Burnsville, MN; five loving grandchildren - Justine (Patrick) Logelin, Courtney (James) Pfitzinger, Jaimie Beran, Matt Kahnk and Nick Kahnk; two sisters-in-law; and many adoring nieces and nephews. At this time there are no plans for an in-person service; however, a Celebration of Life/Memorial may take place this summer.
Published on February 21, 2021
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