John O. Kvittem, 86John Orville Kvittem, 86, of Wanamingo, died Friday, July 20, at St. Marys Hospital, while surrounded by his loving family, from complications following a fall at a restaurant.
John Orville Kvittem, 86, of Wanamingo, died Friday, July 20, at St. Marys Hospital, while surrounded by his loving family, from complications following a fall at a restaurant.
Johnny was born July 22, 1925, at the family home in Cherry Grove Township, Goodhue County, Minn., the son of Adolph and Sophie (Haugen) Kvittem. He graduated from Kenyon High School in 1943 and began a lifelong career of dairy and crop farming. On Sept. 15, 1951, Johnny married Helen Flom at Urland Lutheran Church in rural Cannon Falls. They celebrated 60 wonderful years of marriage by hosting an anniversary gathering last fall.
John was very active in his church and community, served as Farmers Coop Oil Board director for 31 years, Cherry Grove Township clerk, Dale Lutheran Church Council president, 4-H club leader and Men's Fellowship member. He and Helen were also longtime members of the Wagon Wheel Square Dance Club in Kenyon. John especially loved watching his grandsons participate in various sports activities, as well as watching the Minnesota Twins. He also greatly enjoyed spending time with his family, playing cards, and traveling.
John is survived by his wife, Helen Kvittem of Wanamingo; daughter Barb (Dale) Kvittem-Barr of Peoria, Ariz.; son, Bruce (Barb) Kvittem of Kenyon; daughter Judy Miller of Sogn Valley, and foreign exchange daughter, Ronny Gomez of Costa Rica; five grandchildren, Jared, Josh, and Luke (Kelly) Miller, Mikayla and Brittany Kvittem-Barr; and two great-grandchildren, Rylann and Kolton Miller. He is also survived by three brothers, Alvin Kvittem of Wanamingo, Milton (Jeanne) Kvittem of Blaine, Duane (Carol) Kvittem of Winnebago; two step-granddaughters, Vicky Shorter and Becky Krahn; and four step-great-grandchildren, Nicole Shorter and Lacy, Cody, and Hunter Krahn.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Ervin, Myron, and Joseph; and his son-in-law Alan Miller.
Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home, Kenyon, from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, and at Dale Lutheran Church, Kenyon, from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, July 26. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 26, at Dale Lutheran Church, Kenyon, with Reverend Heather Culuris officiating. Interment will be in the Dale Lutheran Church Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to Dale Lutheran Church or the donor's choice.
Michaelson Funeral Homes, Inc., 514 Third St., Kenyon, MN 55946, 507-451-7943.
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