Donald Robert Kann

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Donald Robert Kann, age 90, of Guttenberg, died Saturday, February 27, 2016, at Guttenberg Care Center.  He was born the fifth child of Gregory and Anna (Miller) Kann, January 12, 1926, on the family farm near Guttenberg.

He attended St. Mary’s Elementary School till eighth grade.  At the age of 17 he enlisted into the US Navy during World War II, served on a destroyer escort and was honorable discharged in May of 1946.  He then worked at the John Deere Works in Dubuque for 1 year.

He married Helen Meyer on August 1, 1947, to this union six children were born.  When his brother-in-law was killed in a tractor accident he took over the farming operation and farmed for the next 58 years. He enjoyed reading, working in his shop, hunting, and fishing.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Helen, Children, James (Marilyn)  Kann, Ruth Hamilton, Wendy (Mike) Gossett, Dinah (Keith) Hodapp, Linda (Duane) Lampson and Charlene (Tom) Staade; 17 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren plus 2 on the way and 1 great great-grandchild; one brother, Owen Kann; and 3 sisters-in-law, Betty Kann,  Lydia Kann, and Anna Mae Meyer.    He was preceded in death by his parents, sons-in-law, Douglas Hamilton, Terry Crowe, and Charles Ball and siblings, Arlene (Ray) St. John, Virgil (Bud) Kann, Fritz (Rosemary) Kann, Duane Kann, Jeanette (Wilford) Berns, and sister-in-law, Gerry Kann.

Arrangements were handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, 207 S. 1st St, Guttenberg, IA where the family received friends from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Friday, March 4, 2016. Funeral service was at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Friday, March 4, 2016. Interment was at Kann-St. Michael Cemetery, rural Guttenberg. Condolences may be left at

 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Kann-St. Michael Cemetery or a charity of your choice. 


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