Gordon Kenneth Kjos, 95, of Red Wing, died Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at the Seminary Home.
He was born May 11, 1918, in Holden Township, Goodhue County, to Casper and Lena (Barsness) Kjos. He graduated from Kenyon High School in 1936 and then from Mankato Commercial College. On Nov. 10, 1942, he married Bernice Korsten. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II
from Jan. 5, 1942, until Sept. 27, 1945, when he was honorably discharged. On Nov. 1, 1945, he started working for Monson Trucking Inc., where he was an accountant and office manager. He retired on June 1, 1984. He and Bernice lived in Zumbrota from 1946 until 1963, and then they moved to Red Wing. Bernice died in 1990.
He was a member of First Lutheran Church, Burnson-Lillyblad VFW
Post No. 1218, Hiawatha Toastmasters and the Golden K's, where he served as president and for many years was the editor of the Kiwanian Newsletter and Kiwanian Directory. During that time, the newsletter received regional awards and one national award. He was also Kiwanian of the Year in 1995 and 2007 and was the recipient of the George F. Hixson Fellowship award. He enjoyed gardening, photography, videography, traveling and playing the organ as a hobby.
Survivors include three daughters, Suzanne Hanson, of Red Wing, Marianne Kjos, of Rochester, and Carol (Douglas) Wentworth, of Kansas City, Kan.; eight grandchildren, Joy, Nicole, Andrew, Tammy, Judy, Kathy, Nicholas and Jacquelyn; 15 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Lillian Teig, of Kenyon.
He was preceded in death by his wife; two brothers, Arthur and Clarence; one grandson, Joel Wentworth; and son-in-law, Ronald Hanson.
A funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday, May 12, at First Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Brian Scott officiating. Burial with military honors will be at the Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorials are preferred to the Kiwanis' Flower Basket Fund.
Funeral arrangements are by the Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel.
Online condolences may be sent to mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com