George Koens

Born: Wed., Aug. 9, 1922
Died: Sun., May 26, 2013


9:30 AM to 10:30 AM, Wed., May 29, 2013
Location: St. John Lutheran Church

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Wed., May 29, 2013
Location: St. John Lutheran Church

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GEORGE KOENS, age 90, of Luverne, died Sunday, May 26, 2013 at Sanford Sioux Falls Medical Center. He was born August 9, 1922 in Westside Township, Nobles County, MN; to parents Frank Sr. and Sena (Buss) Koens. He attended school in Luverne and also Beaver Creek. He served his country in the United States Marines from September 27, 1945 until July 10, 1946.
   He was united in marriage to Dorothy Ann Leona Gonnerman on June 3, 1951 in Luverne. He started farming in Garretson and later moved to Springwater Township and then to Martin Township nears Hills, MN; and then purchased a farm west of Hardwick. George retired from farming in 1986 and moved to Luverne. He worked for 23 years at Beaver Creek Rest area and received recognition of outstanding effort with the top ten award in 2005.
   George was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Hills and was on the church board and served as an elder and trustee. He became a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Luverne when they moved back to Luverne and was earlier baptized and confirmed on May 11, 1952 at St. John Lutheran Church in Luverne.
   He enjoyed farming, baseball and he played for many years for the Garretson baseball team as a catcher.
   George is survived by his wife, Dorothy Ann Koens, Luverne; children, Rochard Koens, St. Louis Park, MN; and Linda (James) Barnhart, Chaska, MN; four grandchildren, Rebecca Koens, Dana Koens, Ryan Barnhart and Katie Barnhart and one great grandchild Kylee Sauers; brothers, William Koens, Seattle, WA; and Frank Koens Jr. Garretson, SD.
   He was preceded in death by his parents three brothers and two sisters.    

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Paul and Brenda Barnhart
   Posted Mon May 27, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time .You will remain in our thoughts throughout the next few days as you grieve your loss.We have many fond memories of George.May he Rest in Peace!

Arla Cousins
   Posted Mon May 27, 2013
My heart is heavy today hearing of the loss of your beloved husband and father. I remember my younger days and going out to the farm to visit you. The best memory I have is the Christmas that Buz and I surprised them when we went to the Centennial to wish them a Merry Christmas. I remember when Dorothy Ann opened the door and they had the biggest smiles on their faces. I think the smiles made my day more than theirs.
Prayers are going out to you and we will see you on Wed.

Steve Gunderson
   Posted Mon May 27, 2013

AZALEA PLANT was sent by Steve Gunderson.

We are so sorry for your loss. Uncle George was a great father, uncle, brother and friend. Sending our love and prayers. Gary, Robyn, Steve and Scott

Debbie Gerold
   Posted Tue May 28, 2013
Linda and Family, My sincere sympathy on the passing of your beloved, father and grandfather. Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Debbie

Judy (Anderson) Elbers
   Posted Tue May 28, 2013
Our sympathy to Dorothy and family. I remember you from Trinity Lutheran Church back in the day. The years have a way of slipping by so quickly. RIP George. Judy and Mel Elbers

Terri Bowman-Cloyd
   Posted Tue May 28, 2013

AZALEA PLANT was sent by Terri Bowman Cloyd.

Our sympathy to you and you family Linda. Thinking of you and loving you. Terri and Vicki Friends from Park Nicollet

D.J. & Dean Luethje
   Posted Wed May 29, 2013
Dorothy We are so very sorry to hear about George! He was a dear friend and co-worker at the Beaver Creek Travel Information Center! I so enjoyed when I got to work at the Vets Home and see George also. May God be your strength! I Christ's Love the Luethje's

Earl and Joyce Erdman
   Posted Wed May 29, 2013
Dorothy and family,Our Deepest Sympathy in the loss of your husband and father,you are in our thoughts and prayers.God Bless You,Friends from the MN.Veterans Home of Luverne,Earl and Joyce Erdman,Lismore,MN.

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