Everett Kumm, 89, once of Spring Valley

Everett Raymond Kumm, 89, once of the Spring Valley area, now of Cannon Falls, Minn., died on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at The Gardens at Cannon Falls.

He was born on the family farm near Spring Valley, son of Raymond August Kumm and Hilda Maria Kumm, on Sept. 8, 1929. He attended the Spring Valley school and graduated from high school in 1947.

He worked on the farm starting at an early age and continued through adulthood until his father sold the farm in the early 1960s.

In 1964, he met and married the love of his life, Karen Elizabeth Thune. Together, they raised Everett’s two children and in time were blessed with two more children.

When called upon during the Korean conflict, he honorably served his country in the U.S. Army for two years. During his service at Fort Knox his leadership was recognized by promoting him to Drill Corporal to train and motivate new recruits culminating in an honorable discharge at the end of two years.

He was a hard worker and generous with his time and talents. He strongly believed in being a good son, husband, father and neighbor through leading by example on a daily basis.

Over the years he worked on construction and plumbing infrastructure until he purchased a milk truck and route hauling canned milk from farms to the local creamery.

His love of farming led him to purchase a farm in the Rushford area with his passion being the raising of Holstein calves. This continued when he relocated to a farm north of Spring Valley. Before retiring he enjoyed working for the school as a janitor. He was a longtime member of Faith United Methodist Church.

He was a creative handyman always looking for a better way to fix things. As an avid fisherman, he fished many lakes in northern Minnesota and made his own special lures. He loved to tell jokes, play cards and watch the Minnesota Vikings and Twins.

He is survived by his wife, Karen, and children, Darwin (Georgann), Dawn (Tony), Allison and Matt (Patti). Surviving grandchildren include Maria, Allen, Mandy, Tyler and Lauren. He is also survived by eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Fae Kappers.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to the Prader Willi Syndrome Association USA (pwsausa.org) or a charity of their choice.

Memorial services were held on Tuesday, July 9, at Faith United Methodist Church in Spring Valley with the Rev. Mark Woodward officiating. Inurnment was at the Spring Valley Cemetery.

Arrangements were with Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home in Spring Valley. Condolences and memories are welcome at www.hindtfuneralhomes.com.