September 22, 2016

William “Bill” Raymond Kanne, 71, of Carroll, a loving husband, father and grandfather passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, at his home surrounded by his family.  

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Carroll with Father Craig Collison as celebrant.  Lectors for the Mass will be Joyce Carter and Bev Finley.  Gift bearers will be Jeff Sanders, Susan Kopaska and Deb Hannasch. Mass server will be Grant Sanders. Eucharistic minister will be Jane Soyer. Music will be by Kate Cuddy and the St. Lawrence choir. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors by the Carroll American Legion. Casket bearers will be James Schoenherr, Ronald Meiners, Dean Boell, Gale Vinke, Dean Klocke, Donald Kramer, Glenn Soyer and Kenneth Sanders. Honorary casket bearers will be sons Tracy Kanne, Clint Kanne and Curt Kanne and sons-in-law Joe Bednarczyk, Corey Phipps, Lance Petree and Gary Grant.

Friends may call after 3:30 p.m. Friday at Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll where there will be a rosary at 4 p.m. and a Christian Wake Service at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will resume at 8 a.m. Saturday at St. Lawrence Church. Online condolences may be left for the family at  

Born Aug. 6, 1945, in Carroll, Iowa, he was a son of William J. and Gertrude (Wieland) Kanne. He attended Holy Family Grade school in Lidderdale, Iowa, and graduated from Kuemper Catholic High School in 1963. During high school he enjoyed playing football and was a member of the wrestling team. After graduating, Bill enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served during the Vietnam War.  

After being honorably discharged, he moved back to Iowa where he farmed north of Carroll. On  July 13, 1968 he married Mary Kay Kramer at Holy Family Catholic Church in Lidderdale. They raised their children on the family farm north of Carroll before moving to Carroll in 1987. He enjoyed attending his children’s sporting events: wrestling, track, volleyball, basketball and softball.

After his children graduated from high school he enjoyed attending sales and auctions, collecting and restoring classic tractors, collecting antique toy tractors and firearms. He looked forward to getting away from the cold Iowa winters in Arizona.   

Bill treasured spending time with is grandchildren, his close friends “the gang“ and his coffee buddies.  He was a member of American Legion Post 7, St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Iowa Pork Producers, and served as treasurer of Carroll Farm Bureau Board of Directors for many years.

Bill is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary Kay, of Carroll; sons: Tracy Kanne of St. Peters, Missouri, Clint (Kate) Kanne of Auburn, Iowa, Curt (Sheila) Kanne of Indianola, Iowa; daughters: Lisa (Joe) Bednarczyk of Mesa, Arizona, Sara (Corey) Phipps of Chrisman, Illinois, Sonya (Lance) Petree of Cave Spring, Arkansas, and Megan (Gary) Grant of Brownsburg, Indiana; his grandchildren: Taylor Kanne, Hunter Kanne, Julia Kanne, Albert Kanne, Mallory Kanne, Ethan Kanne, Colby Phipps, Kailey Phipps, Addison Phipps and London Petree; his sister: Janet (Kenneth) Sanders of Carroll, Iowa; brother-in-law: Donald (Alice) Kramer of  Lidderdale, Iowa; sisters-in-laws: Shirley (Dale) Fogerty of Casa Grande, Arizona, and Jane (Glenn) Soyer of Norwalk, Iowa;  as well as many nieces, nephews, extended relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William J. and Gertrude (Wieland) Kanne; brother Walter Kanne; sisters Trudy Kay Kanne and Marlou Kennedy; infant grandchild Makayla Phipps; his father- and mother-in-law, Henry and Theresa (Steinkamp) Kramer; and brother-in-law William Kramer.