Dwaine Ceil Kiehne, 83, of Chatfield, Minnesota died Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, after a long illness at Golden Living Whitewater in St. Charles.
Dwaine was born June 4, 1929, in Cresco, Iowa, to Louis and Irene (Lange) Kiehne. He graduated from Lanesboro High school in 1947. On Jan. 29, 1950, he married Beverly Vehrenkamp at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Granger. They moved to Chatfield in 1958 where he farmed for several years. He also worked at IBM for eight years. When the dairy herd was sold Dwaine became a truck driver for Funk Trucking. Beverly was an artist.
Dwaine was a member of the Minnesota Holstein Association and the Chatfield Lutheran Church. He enjoyed fishing and loved animals. He also enjoyed gardening, reading, collecting antiques and refurnishing them and chatting on the phone. Every year at Christmas time Dwaine would place a lighted cross on the hill next to Highway 74 in celebration of the birth of Jesus.
Dwaine is survived by his wife, Beverly; three sons, Robert (Ruth) of Sacramento, Calif., Bradley (Jaki) of Ft. Collins, Colo., and James (Kari) of Rochester; three daughters, Debra (Ivan) Pavlina of Saratoga, Calif., Mary Lou (Robert) Murphy of Cupertino, Calif., and Becky (Larry) Rabe of Chatfield; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Arlen (Dorothy) of Preston; one sister Bonnie (Larry) Shanahan of Rochester; and a brother-in-law, Kenneth "Buzz" O'Connor of Harmony.
He was preceded in death by his parents one sister, Nancy and one granddaughter, Mariah.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the Chatfield Lutheran Church, with Pastor Mark Docken. officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in St. Matthews Cemetery in Granger.
Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield is in charge of arrangements. 507-867-4310.
Online condolences may be made at www.rileyfuneralhomes.com