Obituary for John Duane Kauk
John Duane Kauk Jr was born June 6, 1930 in Chicago, IL to Bertha Kauk and John Kauk Sr. His family only lived in Chicago for a short time before moving to North Dakota. He was raised mostly in small towns around ND, specifically Johnstown. He is survived by his wife, Betty, and he has 3 brothers (older brothers George & Carl Wayne precede John in death) and younger brother Conrad along with 2 sisters (twins: Betty & Barbara). He worked for his Uncle Harry and Aunt Tilly on their farm, like many of his brothers did for family back in the 40’s. He enjoyed traveling around with his Uncle Harry to remove beaver dams around the county. They both loved going to baseball games and his Uncle Harry would always let John splurge on lots of fireworks on 4th of July holidays.
John met Betty and fell in love; to eventually marry in Oct 1950. John had various jobs such as truck driving and glacier work in order to support their family over the years but eventually he opened his own glass shop. He asked George Olson to come to work for him. The business was named O&K Glass Co which was first operated out of the Kauk home (in the garage) on Belmont Road: years later John moved the business out to DeMers Ave in Grand Forks. John and Betty had seven wonderful children. Currently all 5 daughters live in Colorado: Linda, Diane, Carol, and twins: Sally & Susan. Their 2 sons, Duane and Mark, live in North Dakota. John and Betty also have enjoyed 14 loving grandchildren (2 of which preceded John in death) and currently have 11 adorable great grandchildren.
John later sold his glass business and enjoyed more time with Betty at their lake cabin in MN. John went on to work at Belle Taine Glass in Park Rapids, MN. Since John also had previous bee apiary experience working with his Uncle Carl Fischer (and later his brother Carl Wayne Kauk), he decided to start farming honey bees himself. It allowed him to keep busy and enjoy nature since he loved the outdoors. John and Betty have enjoyed approximately 32 additional years in the MN and ND area.
In November 2015 John and Betty joined their daughters out in CO. He has spent his remaining time enjoying his last years with his family until his recent death. His daughters all enjoyed fussing over him and Betty. He always told people how much he loved his wife Betty of 66 years; she meant the world to him. Daughters note: All the many people who interacted with our father, John, told us what a wonderful and kind hearted person he was. A gentle soul & true sweet-heart that is truly missed!
In lieu of flowers John Kauk, memorial contributions can be made to The Flying Wheels Foundation.
The Flying Wheels Foundation
17476 W. 77th Place
Arvada, CO 80007
Please donate to CO trooper families:
Colorado Flying Wheels Foundation
This nonprofit foundation supports Colorado Law Enforcement Officers (Peace Officers) and their families who are injured or killed in the line of duty.
It helps troopers and families and of course one of the trooper's was dad's grandson, Cody Donahue.
They have helped his family immensely. We want to keep it general....not in care of Cody though. If they note Cody then donations would go to his wife Velma and she would prefer it go to the foundation and not specifically to her.