Lawrence Nicholas Kaas was born in Sauk Centre, MN on December 9, 1933 to Ann (Hoffman)  and Louie Kaas. He met the love of his life, Agnes (Schluender) Kaas on a bus to Moorhead and they were married on April 12, 1955 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Osakis. They settled first in Alexandria, Minnesota and later moved to Lawrence’s hometown of Sauk Centre, where they would raise their seven children.

He opened his shop, and over the years was known for fixing first typewriters and office machines, then sewing machines, canvas work, woodworking, clocks and even violins. He was known for his love for Agnes and family, generous heart, welcoming hospitality, clever “fix-it” skills and a passion for always learning. He felt there was nothing he couldn’t create himself, and he passed this spirit on to his children and grandchildren.

He was ordained a deacon in 1987, and served faithfully at Our Lady of Angels Church until his death. Never one to sit idle, Lawrence often told his family that he wanted his last day of work to be his last day on earth; and he left this earth with the blessing of the Church and repaired clocks on his workbench.