Loris E. Kickbush

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Loris Ervin Kickbush, 82, died on Friday, July 14, 2017, at the Guttenberg Care Center following a brief illness.

Visitation was Monday, July 17, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Tuesday, July 18, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries.

Interment was at St. Mary's Cemetery, Guttenberg.

Loris was born on Feb. 19, 1935, in Millville, to Ervin and Selma Marguerite (Troester) Kickbush. He was baptized at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Guttenberg. He attended a country school until eighth grade, then graduated from Guttenberg High School in 1952. After school he worked for farmers before entering the Army during the Korean War in March 1954 for 16 weeks of basic training in Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. From there he went then to Ft. Carson, Colo. before being shipped overseas to Bramerhaven, Italy, and then on a train to Austria where their duty was to help get dependents out. While in Austria he played on the Army baseball team. Part of his tour of duty also took him to Stutgard, Germany. He served with Co. B 70th Engr. Bn. (C) Combat Construction Specialist. He was honorably discharged Feb. 18, 1956, receiving the National Defense Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the Army of Occupation Medal (Germany).

After the service he worked for Roverrudd Construction before Hilton Homes in Guttenberg and Design Homes in Prairie du Chien, Wis., then started Galaxy Homes and All American Homes in Dyersville until his retirement in 2000 after 44 years as purchasing agent.

Loris married Rosalie Miller on June 4, 1959, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Together they had three children. In his free time he enjoyed hunting, watching the Chicago Cubs and the Iowa Hawkeyes and was an original stockholder in the Guttenberg Country Club. He took great pride in his lawn and garden.

He had been a member of American Legion Post 373 for 17 years. He was commander for two years and was currently serving as the service officer. He was in charge of the Veterans Monument and always there to help with the color guard, putting up and taking down flags. He was named Service Person of the Year in 2012.

Loris is survived by his loving wife, Rosalie, of 58 years; children, Diane (Dan) Glassmaker of Cassville, Wis., David (Tammy) Kickbush of Guttenberg and Debra (Manny) Dickerson of Simi Valley, Calif.; six grandchildren, Matthew Elsinger, Adam (Mindy) Kickbush, Whitney (Josh) Zinnel and Zoe, Nathan and Olivia Dickerson; and five great-grandchildren, Skyler Achenbach, Haley Elsinger, Hunter Adamski, Hayden Johll and Bradyn Salter-Kickbush; sisters-in-law, Jean Miller of Glendale, Ariz., Linda (Ron) Dietzenbach of Riverside, Calif., and Kay (Ralph) Livingston of Garnavillo; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law, Alphonse W. Miller; step-father-in-law, Phil Winter; mother-in-law, Viola (Scheller) Miller Winter and brother-in-law, Alphonse J. Miller.

Loris was a beloved husband, dad, grandpa and great-grandpa and will be greatly missed.

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