John B. Kites, 84, formerly of Cottonwood, passed away on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at Crestview Home in Columbia Heights.
Funeral Services were held on Saturday, July 6 at the Lynnet Funeral Home in Clarkfield, officiated by Minister Debbie Aaberg. Burial took place at St. Lucas Lutheran Cemetery, Nosarian Township, Yellow Medicine County.
John Bruised Kites was born March 21, 1929 in the Montevideo Hospital to John and Carrie (Bruised) Kites. He was baptized at St. Lucas Lutheran Church on April 25, 1929. He was confirmed on May 16, 1943 at St. Lucas Lutheran church. John graduated from Cottonwood High School in May of 1947.
John married Gayle Foss on October 28, 1950. Together they had four children: David, Darryl, Layover and Lori.
In his early years, John farmed and owned the Spuyten (donut/coffee) Shop in Montevideo. He drove city buses and did some trucking. He worked in heating and air condition repair as well as plumbing. Prior to his retiring he did maintenance work at a couple of housing complexes in the Minneapolis area.
John retired in Atwater, and later moved to Willmar, as his health declined. When he could no longer live by himself, he lived at Rice Care Center in Willmar for a couple months before moving to Crestview Lutheran Home in Columbia Heights, so he could be near his son, Darryl.
While at Crestview Lutheran Home, John enjoyed going out to Perkins for an occasional meal. He loved Kit Kat candy bars and cookies. Because he was in the Twin Cities area, he was able to attend his grandson Ben’s open house for graduation and grandson John’s wedding. John was able to attend his 65th year class reunion on July 14, 2012 in Cottonwood. It was important that he go and granddaughter Carrie and friend Linda Lovich made it happen.
He is survived by his children: David (Sarah), Darryl, Layover (Keith) Vanderpoel, Lori Roehm; daughter-in-law Nancy Kites; grandchildren: John (Kayla) Kites, Carrie Kites (Jamshid Ferretti), Sondra Roehm, Noah Kites and Ben Kites; and great grandchildren Cayenne Kites and Emma Hess.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers and one grandson.
Arrangements by Lynnet Funeral Home of Clarkfield.