Richard "Dick" Lewis Kaus

Born: Sat., Aug. 24, 1935
Died: Sat., Apr. 22, 2017


10:30 AM to 11:30 AM, Tue., Jun. 06, 2017
Location: Glenwood Lutheran Church, Glenwood, MN

Celebration of Life

11:30 AM Tue., Jun. 06, 2017
Location: Glenwood Lutheran Church, Glenwood, MN

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Richard (Dick) Lewis Kaus, age 81, of Glenwood, MN, passed away on April 22, 2017 at The Waters of Edina, in Edina, MN. A Celebration of Life will be on held on Tuesday, June 6th at Glenwood Lutheran Church with a visitation beginning at 10:30 a.m., the service at 11:30 a.m. and a luncheon following the service. 

Dick was born to Mary J. (Graves) Kaus and Edmund F. Kaus on August 24, 1935, in Minneapolis, MN. Dick spent his childhood in Minneapolis, Whitehall, Montana, and Springfield, Oregon, where he graduated from high school. He then attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., graduating in 1957 with a degree in Business and Speech as well as a fiancée, Carol Ann Udseth (Augustana ’56). On December 28, 1957 Dick married Carol, the love of his life. For the next 59 years they lived in Glenwood, MN where they raised three daughters and were active in the community.

Dick was the manager of Ruhr American (a division of Herter’s), a sporting goods store and manufacturing plant for clay targets for over two decades. After the closing of Herter’s, he became a successful businessman and entrepreneur. He was passionate about his work and held leadership positions at Glenwood Manufacturing and American Overhead Conveyor. After retirement, his passion continued and led him to establish, own, and operate Rich Mar Sports and Instant Shade. Dick served as Chairman of the School Board for nearly 20 years, was active in Jaycees, Lions Club, Glenwood Development Commission, and on the Glenwood Lutheran Church Council. He was a sports enthusiast and enjoyed watching college and professional sports, especially Minnesota teams. He also enjoyed the many lifelong friendships he and Carol developed in Glenwood. In addition, they spent many happy winters in Arizona. Over the years, Dick enjoyed playing bridge, fishing, hunting, camping, golf, tennis, and activities with or watching his grandchildren. He loved living by Lake Minnewaska and sharing the sunsets with Carol.

Dick is survived by his wife of 59 years Carol A. Kaus, daughters: Karlyn Kaus Wegmann of Minneapolis, Karen (Kaus) Mariska of Eden Prairie, and KayLynn (Kaus) Wallsmith of Buffalo, MN; eight grandchildren Matthew Wegmann, Nathan Wegmann, Cecily Wegmann, Benjamin Jacobson, Samantha (Jacobson) Reilly, Julia Jacobson, Alexander Wallsmith and Carol Ann Wallsmith. He is also survived by his three siblings Marlene (Stan) Grout of Medford, OR, Shirlee Swanberg of Glenwood, MN, and Charles Kaus of Rapid City, SD, along with four nieces, four nephews, other relatives and countless friends.

Memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association ( or Grace Hospice ( The family is extremely grateful to the staff at The Waters of Edina for the kind and very loving attention they gave Dick during his five months in their care.


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Nancy Olson) Gandrud
   Posted Thu April 27, 2017
I've known Dick and Carol for years. I babysat for the three girls as babies and then worked for Dick and Carol at Ruhr American. Carol and Dick worked as a well tuned pair. We've had many laughs and experiences over the years and I will miss driving by their beautiful home on Lake Minnewaska and seeing the black pickup and beautiful yard. Blessed be his memory.

Vicky (Wolf) Sawdon
   Posted Fri April 28, 2017
I was so saddened to hear of Dick's passing. My parents, Joan and Rodney Wolf were such good friends with Dick and Carol for all the years I can remember. I even worked for Dick at Ruhr American back in the early 70's. Dick was always quick to greet me with some witty story when we bumped into each other. He touched many life's and will be missed by many. Carol, you and your family are in my prayers.
My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
Vicky (Wolf) Sawdon

Nada Carter
   Posted Mon May 01, 2017
Carol and family,

My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. During the last year, Dick visited me often in the office and we shared coffee, chocolate and good conversations. I miss his visits but trust that he's in a better place--healthy and happy. Blessed be his memory. May the warm thoughts and prayers of others uplift you.....

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