Claus Kaduce Jr.

AMBOY — Claus “Junior” H. Kaduce Jr. died peacefully Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, on this farm. In order to keep our cherished family and friends as safe as possible, a private family service will be held Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, at Pleasant View Cemetery with Rev. Rudy Maurer Jr. officiating, and can be viewed on the funeral home website at 2 p.m. and will also be recorded for later viewing. Spencer-Owen Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements. www.spencerowen.com

Claus “Junior” H. Kaduce Jr. was born Oct. 23, 1925, to Janette (Hass) and Claus H. Kaduce, Sr., on the Kaduce farm in rural Amboy.

Claus attended country school in Shelby Township and farmed with his father. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea from 1950-52 during the Korean Conflict. Junior was united in marriage to Jean Madsen on March 9, 1957, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Winnebago. Junior enjoyed farming with his brother Edwin for over 17 years and continued to farm until he retired at the age of 62. He watched his son, Ken take over the farming operation with great pride and interest, particularly during the fall harvest. Hunting and snowmobiling were favorite pastimes, as well as going out on Saturday nights with Jean and their dear friends for dancing and socializing. Junior was competitive and valued times spent shooting pool and playing cards, particularly 500 and buck euchre. The last 25 winters were spent with Jean at Rio Valley Estates in Weslaco, Texas, including this past winter. He loved his family, his church, his farm and his community. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 63 years, Jean; son, Ken (Jill) Kaduce; daughters, Carol Ries and Kathy (Doug) Bergemann; grandchildren, Ryan (Renae) Ries, Thalia (Donnie) Potter, John (Amy) Ries, Rachel Mensing, Shane Sweetman, Trevor (Amber) Humphrey, Megan (Taylor) Morgan, Tessa Bergemann; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Junior was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, Harry and Hannah Madsen; son-in-law, Chuck Ries; siblings and their spouses, Dena (Stanley) Madsen, Ervin (Verna) Kaduce, Edwin (Melinda) Kaduce, Vic (Gladys) Kaduce, Violet (Elwin) Wolters, Irene (Bill) Tyson; infant sister, Hilda; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Fran and Dorothy Greger; and many dear friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Amboy or Pleasant View Cemetery.