Ralph Kanne

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Ralph A. Kanne, 83, of Boone, passed away Friday, June 5, 2020, at MercyOne Medical Center in Des Moines.

Funeral service celebrating Ralph’s life was held Thursday, June 11, at the Fareway Conference Center at the Cobblestone Inn & Suites in Boone.

A private Mass of the Christian Burial for immediate family was celebrated Thursday, June 11, at St. John Catholic Church in Ogden.

A public committal service was held Thursday, June 11, at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Carroll with military honors by American Legion Post 7.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Schroeder-Reimers Memorial Chapel at Sixth and Marshall Streets in Boone, and online condolences may be left to Ralph’s family at In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Church of the Sacred Heart in Boone.

Ralph Anthony Kanne was born on Jan. 10, 1937, to Edward and Marie (Fleskes) Kanne in Carroll, Iowa. He attended Carroll High School where he was active in all sports and “social activities.” He loved to remind his family he was the Class of 1955 Carroll High Glamour Guy.

Ralph enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in New Orleans, Louisiana, for 18 months and then the USAR Iowa Military District. After serving, Ralph was reunited with his “sweetheart,” Jan Wittry, whom he had known since kindergarten. On Dec. 27, 1958, Ralph and Jan were married at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Carroll by Bishop Frank H. Greteman.

Ralph began working at Fareway Stores Inc. in 1951. During his tenure, his career took his family from Carroll to Clear Lake (1970-1975), Indianola (1975-1981) and finally to Boone in 1981. Ralph worked his way from “carry out boy” to retail corporate supervisor, where he traveled the state of Iowa training, mentoring and influencing many lives. He was honored to serve on the Fareway Stores Inc. Board of Directors. He retired after 51 years of dedicated service.

Along with his faith, Ralph’s first love was Jan. He was a devoted husband, a loving and supportive father and an extremely proud grandfather. He knew no strangers and sought to make each person he met feel important. To know Ralph was to love him. He was an honored and respected man, known for his great integrity.

Ralph was a member of Church of the Sacred Heart in Boone, the Knights of Columbus (Fourth Degree Knight), the Boone Golf and Country Club, and the Boone Elks.

Ralph is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jan Kanne, of Boone; children, Roxanne Kanne-Roush (Kent Roush) of Grimes, Jayne (Randy) Welch of Urbandale, and Michael (Joy) Kanne of Austin, Minnesota; grandchildren, Anne (Bret) Spurgin of Charles City, Kristine (Eric) Anderson of Urbandale, Maddison (Robert) LeWarne of Iowa City, Erika Welch of Urbandale, Charles Kanne of Austin, Minnesota, and Ellen Kanne of Austin; his first great-grandchild is yet to arrive in July, Baby Anderson; siblings, Renee (Ronald) Fricke of Carroll, Joleen (Daryl) Reiman of Carroll, Jean (John) Keller of Stuart, and Mark (Barb) Kanne of Austin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Marie Kanne; brother Eddie Kanne; and sister Marguerite (Ervin) Bauer.

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