|Wayne Konickson, 68|
|Written by TRF Times|
Grygla - Wayne Konickson, 68, of Grygla, died on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at Sanford Medical Center in Thief River Falls, from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 10, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, with Rev. Rena Peterson officiating. Casket bearers included Holden Nelson, Wyatt Nelson, Chad Nelson, Rick Stokke, Justin Norberg, Lonnie Norberg, Shannon Ostby and Steve Anderson. Honorary casket bearers include all of the grandchildren, Wayne’s cousins and Wayne’s fishing buddies. Interment was held at the Clearwater Cemetery, Wyan-dotte Township, Pennington County.
Wayne Leroy Konickson was born on Oct. 25, 1943 to Henry “Hank” and Alice (Arlt) Konickson in Thief River Falls. He was the middle child of three boys, with older brother Gerald and younger brother Ron. He grew up on the rural family farm where he learned about life and mischief. During his growing up years, he enjoyed his cousins and they have remained close throughout his lifetime. He attended school in St. Hilaire through the eighth grade and then graduated from Lincoln High School in 1961.
Wayne was united in marriage to Carol Marie Arnold on Jan. 27, 1962 in Plummer. To this union, three children were born, Vicki, Mike and Janelle. The couple made their home in Minneapolis and Denver, Colo., area, and then returned to Plummer, where they raised their family. The couple moved to Thief River Falls in 1988. While living in Colorado, he worked at Dow-Key, and when he returned to Minnesota, he worked for Arctic Enterprises, Arctco and Arctic Cat Inc., from 1968 through 1995. He loved Arctic Cat snowmobiles. He loved racing them and building them better. He took great pride in Arctic Cat and they were his second family.
In 1987, Wayne and Carol found a special place in the woods of Fourtown. They and their family built a wonderful retreat. Together, they enjoyed snowmobiling and ATV trail riding. Carol died on Oct. 24, 1995. Wayne then moved to his retreat in Fourtown.
Wayne was blessed to meet Marie Anderson and they were married on Aug. 18, 2001. They lived and made a beautiful home at “the cabin.” Wayne was honored to be dad and grandpa to Marie’s family. Together they enjoyed traveling and gardening. Wayne enjoyed woodworking and would build crafts and furniture. He enjoyed his yearly fishing trips with his buddies. He also liked hunting. He was a member of the Fourtown-Grygla Sportsman’s Club, where he served as president for many years. He was also a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Grygla, the Grygla Lions, and Grygla Senior Meals.
He is survived by his wife Marie Konickson, Grygla, three children Vicki (Rick) Stokke, Thief River Falls, Mike (Barb) Konickson, Thief River Falls, and Janelle (Chad) Nelson, Thief River Falls; seven grandchildren: Haeli (Zach) Gerardy, Morgan Stokke, Alaina Stokke, and Holden, Wyatt, and Ellie Nelson; stepchildren: Steve Anderson, Grygla, Denise (Shannon) Ostby, Grygla, Scott (Gwen) Anderson, Sartell, Tim (Mary) Anderson, Warroad, and Sherri (Rodney) Hagen, Grygla, step-grandchildren:?Alex (Stacy) Anderson, Cory (Renae) Ostby, Jason Woods, Keesha (Nathan) Gast, Tabatha Anderson, Tyler Anderson, Adam Anderson, Greg Anderson, Geoff (Steph) Larson, Justyne (Kevin) Larson, Dayle Larson and Shalin Anderson; three step-great-grandchildren, Torii Anderson, Lyrick Larson and Kellen Wagner; one brother, Ron Konickson; sister-in-law, Arlys Konickson; sister-in-law, Linda Arnold; brother-in-law, Ron Arnold; and many special cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Wayne was preceded in death by his first wife Carol; his parents; his brother Gerald and nephew Kurt Konickson.
Family condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.