Richard “Dick” Kanz was born June 23, 1933, in Winona Minn. He was the fifth of nine children to be born to Bernard “Ben” Kanz and Lucille (Kohner) Kanz. His mother died in childbirth when he was ten years old. Her passing left a void in his heart, which would never heal. We are now so happy that they are finally reunited.
Dick attended Lewiston High School and followed his two older brothers into the Navy. After his discharge, he returned to Lewiston to work at Lewiston Auto until he moved to Winona. He is a lifetime member of the Winona American Legion, Post #9. He worked at Peter Bub Brewery for several years, met his future wife, Nadine Marie Smith and they were married May 14, 1955, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Winona. After he left Bub’s, he went to work at the Marine Mart, and it was there that he found his talent for outboard motor repairs. He decided to try his luck running his own outboard motor repair shop from his garage at his home. He soon expanded to a shop at 509 West Fifth Street. In 1966, the city of Winona asked him to take over the Municipal Small Boat Harbor on Latsch Island and was there ever since. Over the years, he sold Johnson and Evinrude outboards, Larson runabouts and Alumacraft fishing boats in the summer and Ski-Doo snowmobiles in the winter. When the economy slowed down, so did Dick, eliminating the sales of big boats and concentrating more on outboard engine sales and repairs. His logo became Your Fishing Boat Headquarters. As his two children grew, up they just floated into the business. When they each married, their spouses also joined the business. He turned the business over to them in 2005 but still did not completely leave. Almost every day or night, he could be seen in his little red pickup patroling the harbor. He will make his final run this coming Friday.
Dick is survived by his wife, Nadine, daughter, Laurie (Mark) Mathot, of rural Rollingstone and son, Jeff (Brenda) Kanz of Rollingstone He also is survived by three grandsons: Derrick (Kim) Mathot and their children, Danielle and Amber; Christopher (Jill) Mathot and their children Caiden, Mackenzie and Kayla; and Joel (Tiffany) Kanz, and their children, Madison, Breelyn and Aaron.
He is also survived by sisters: Betty Younger of Northfield, Geraldine (Darrell) Sturges of Rochester, Olivia (Thomas) Heim of St. Charles, Donna (Patrick) Daley, Bernadine (John) Mayzek and Mary (James) Paszkiewicz, all of Winona; and sister-in-law Elizabeth Kanz, Lewiston, Minn.
Two brothers, Thomas Kanz and Robert Kanz preceeded him in death, as well as one brother-in-law, Oliver Younger and one sister-in-law, Janet Kanz.
Dick entered into eternal life Sunday, July 7, 2013, at 11:04 a.m. surrounded by his family and the Hospice Angels.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 12, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1303 West Broadway, Winona, with the Rev. Jim Berning officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home, 1476 West Broadway, Winona. Parish prayers will be at 7 p.m. There also will be a visitation at the Visitation Commons of St. Mary’s Church one hour before Mass. Burial at Woodlawn Cemetery will follow after Dick’s final run through Dick’s Marine.
Casket bearers will be Mike Kanz, Steve Kanz, Kevin Mayzek, John Mayzek, Joe Daley and Tom Paszkiewicz. Honorary casket bearers will be his grandsons: Derrick Mathot, Chris Mathot and Joel Kanz.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Team Vogel, which helps cancer patients or the Winona Humane Society, which helps our four footed friends.
“DON’T CRY BECAUSE IT’S OVER, SMILE BECAUSE IT HAPPENED.” - Dr. Seuss.
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