Konu

Gerald L. Konu, of Moose Lake, died on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, due to injuries sustained in a car accident on Dec. 3, 2021. He was 83 years old.

“Jerry” as he was known throughout the area, was born on Oct. 28, 1938, the youngest child of Theodore and Ina (Haikola) Konu of Silver Township.

He, along with his brother Kenneth and sister Joanne (Alice), was raised on the family dairy farm in Silver Township where they spent countless hours milking cows, bringing in the harvest and picking countless, infernal rocks but he also found time to play with his Leino and Korhonen cousins.

As a child he learned valuable lessons that he would carry with him throughout his life, the value of family, friends, hard work and most importantly, his faith in Christ. Farming may have been his career, but it was his faith that defined his life and Deuteronomy 11:13-15 exemplifies the role of both for him.

He attended and graduated from Moose Lake High School in 1956 where he played football, baseball and was involved in the Sportsman’s Club and Future Farmers of America. After high school, he served in the United States Air Force where he was stationed in Texas, New York, and in Spain where he learned some Spanish to go with his English and Finnish language skills.

After his time in the service, he returned home to help his mother run the Konu family dairy farm following the sudden death of his father on July 4, 1962. Jerry, with the help of his brother Ken and nephews Mark, Eric, Scott and Bruce, was able to keep the farm going and expand it over the years while winning various awards and more importantly, earning the respect of fellow area farmers.

He was an active member of both his Silver Township and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church communities where he served both as treasurer. He was a regular face at local restaurants where he would go with “The Old Finns” to eat and socialize. He was an avid bowler and represented many local businesses like Art’s Barn Shop, The Willow River Mercantile and Moose Lake Federal Credit Union.

While he never did marry or have a family of his own, he loved and was loved by many nephews, nieces, great nephews and great nieces who unknowingly brought him great joy and happiness. He enjoyed giving them rides in the tractors, taking part in countless ‘monkey piles’ and going to their games, concerts, birthday parties and spending time being a great role model for all of them.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ted and Ina Konu, his brother and sister-in-law, Ken and Marie Konu; his brother-in-law Robert Miller Sr.; nephew Scott Konu and great-nephew Jackson Pearson.

While he will be greatly missed by his sister, Joanne, many nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends, we know that he is in a far better place and reunited with family and friends that passed before. 

Services for Jerry will be at 2 p.m. Saturday on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Moose Lake, with visitation beginning at 1 p.m. Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Konu, Bruce Konu, Eric Konu, Sara (Konu) Dorr, Robert Miller, Shawn Sarvela, Britt Sarvela, and Rory Sarvela. Military Honors will follow the service and will be provided by the American Legion Post 0379.

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