LEO M. KAAS

AKKERMAN-INGEBRAND FUNERL HOME – MORA

L. Kaas webphotoLeo M. Kaas, of Fort Mills, South Carolina; formerly of Mora, Minnesota; passed away on January 2, 2015 at his home.  He was 88 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:30 am on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora.

MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

INURNMENT will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Mora.

Leo Mathias Kaas, of Fort Mill, SC, passed away after a short fight with cancer on January 2, 2015.  He passed peacefully in his home, surrounded by his loving family. 

He was born on January 19, 1926, in Genola, MN to the late Victor and Barbara (Bolster) Kaas.  He attended Mora High School and completed a degree at Michigan State University while serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II.  He achieved the rank of Second Lieutenant and qualified for pilot, bombardier and flight engineer.  After the war, Leo worked as a lumberjack in the Togo, MN area for two years.  He and a partner then established Northern Wood cabinet shop, located in Mora.  He retired as a foreman from Arcon Construction Co. in 1988, after many years of taking great pride in his work and ensuring everything was done to his exacting standards.

Leo loved the great outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.  After retirement he enjoyed traveling with friends and family throughout the U.S., France, Australia, New Zealand and Italy.  A wonderful man of vast knowledge and many skills, he has left behind many interesting stories and rich memories to cherish and honor. 

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 57 years, Betty (nee. Krawiecki); their four children, Kevin Kaas (Mary) of Largo, FL, Colleen Peleaux (Ray) of Charlotte, NC, Julianne Harris (Bill) of Robbinsdale, MN, and David Kaas (Nell) of Farmington, MN; grandchildren Evan and Ryan Peleaux, Corissa and Lerew Kaas, and Jacob Harris; brother Raymond Kaas (Ramona) of Wauwatosa, WI; and many close friends and relatives.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Cecelia Zeman.

Messages of sympathy and support may be sent to the family at 4039 Blackburn Court, Fort Mill, SC, 29707.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society.

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