Kenneth “Kenny” LaVerne Brau age 72 of Osage, formerly of Lucan, passed away Friday, March 27, 2015 at the Fargo VA Health Care System surrounded by his family. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:00 noon Wednesday, April 1 at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Lucan. Visitation is from 10:00-12:00 Wednesday at the church. Burial is in the church cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home in Redwood Falls is assisting the family with arrangements.
Kenneth LaVerne Brau was born August 18, 1942 in Redwood Falls, Minnesota to Otto and Caroline (Gorres) Brau. He was born, baptized, and confirmed into the Roman Catholic faith. Kenny graduated from Wabasso High School in 1960. He married Candace Reagan in Amarillo, TX in November 1962. Kenny entered the US Air Force in 1962 and was stationed in England. He was honorably discharged in 1964. Kenny returned to the United States and then married Nancy Seeman on April 16, 1966 in Jasper, MN. He worked with International Harvester and Case International from 1965-2008. Kenny worked in sales for 43 years ending his career at Miller Sellner Equipment in Bingham Lake. He lived in Inver Grove Heights, Crookston, and Windom before retiring to Shell Lake, Osage, MN. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, dog breeding, whittling, building, storytelling, writing, and time with his family. Kenny’s greatest achievement was leaving his lake home to his children and grandchildren. He proudly built the lake home with his two hands…because he always complained he “only had two hands!” Kenny always said he graduated from the school of Hard Knox and then he attended the University of Adversity. He had many obstacles to overcome in his life but he always found a way to make it come out beautiful in the end. Kenny was a hard worker and instilled that work ethic and pride of workmanship to his children. He met new people and within moments became friends. They came away with life’s knowledge and lessons from a wise man. The footprints he left will be in all our hearts. Kenny made you believe in yourself and gave you confidence. People knew Kenny to be a strong minded person and yet showed his empathy and emotions generously.
Kenneth Brau is survived by his loving wife Nancy of 49 years; children: Michelle (Tim) Skime of Roseau, Terri (Rob) Hawkins of Coon Rapids, and Shawn Brau of Osage; grandchildren: Nicholas, Eric, Ryan (Sarah), Tyler, Jordan, Sammie Jo, and Trevor; siblings: Charles “Bud” (Norma) Brau, LaVonne (Kenny) Portner, and Audrey Portner; his faithful dog Neeka; and many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents Otto and Caroline, loving wife Candace Brau, and brother-in-law Charles Portner. Special thanks to the VA of Fargo, ND for their compassionate care. “Love one another”.