Mikell Kauk was born on July 31, 1986 in Edmond, OK to Kenneth Don Kauk and Terri Louise (Easter) Kauk. Dane left this world on October 25, 2021.

Dane had lived in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Iowa before his family came back to Weatherford, OK where he started Transition First grade. He was so smart he skipped Kindergarten! While in the 4th grade, the Kauk family moved to Fountain Hills, AZ. Dane attended 4th and half the 5th grade there before the family returned to Oklahoma and settled in Leedey. Dane finished his school career in Leedey, graduating in May 2005.

Dane loved to play baseball and his passion led him to a scholarship playing baseball at Redlands College after high school. Dane attended Redlands from 2005-2007 and transferred to SWOSU for a year and a half.

Dane met Lila Higgins in 2008 and they started dating shortly after. The two of them got married October 15, 2015. As a couple they have two children, Kai Dillen and Sybil Ruth. Lila brought two daughters, Lexi and Kenna, to the family that Dane loved as his own. Dane loved being a father and you could hear and see the pride he had for his family when he spoke of them. Dane was always interested in tech stuff. He started a career in the gaming industry working in Video Gaming Technologies, Inc./ Aristocrat Gaming. Dane excelled at his career receiving an ATI Master Certified ATI Technician. He was the first person at his company to achieve this certification in record time.

Dane dedicated his life to the Lord, on December 27, 1998 and became a member of the United Methodist Church of Leedey. The Lord was a large part of Dane’s life. He was currently attending Hammon Pentecostal Holiness Church with his family where he taught the children’s Sunday School. He also volunteered with Camp Tuesday as a mentor to young kids.

Dane was an avid OU football, New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys fan. He loved to cook, smoke meats, all sports (he could memorize sports statistics like no one else), fishing in his paddle boat with the kids, star watching at night with Kai, building things with Kai, shooting guns, playing video games (Madden, Gears of War, Call of Duty), watching movies (Marvel, DC Universe and Star Wars), and his most special trait was telling dad jokes.

Dane is proceeded in death by his paternal grandpa and grandma, Melvin and Stella Kauk, maternal grandpa, Clovis Easter, paternal uncle Enos Kauk, and mother-in-law Ruth Higgins.

Dane is survived by his wife of the home Lila, son Kai, daughters Sybil of Leedey, OK; Kenna Baker of Arapaho, OK and Lexi Baker of Weatherford, OK; father and mother Kenny and Terri Kauk of Leedey, OK; sister Brandi and brother- in-law John Green of Leedey, OK; sister Heather and brother-in-law Nathan Ferrell of Midland, TX; grandmother Ruth Easter and a slew of nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Memorials may be made to the Leedey Ministerial Alliance in honor of Dane Kauk in care of Shaw Funeral Home, P.O. Box 276, Vici, OK 73859.

Services were held Sunday October 31, 2021 at 3:00 pm at the Leedey High School Auditorium with burial following at New Hermon Cemetery, Leedey, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family at Shaw Funeral Home of Leedey