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May 4, 1951 – Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Service Information
St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Winsted, MN
Saturday, March 28th, 2015
4:00 P.M.

Visitation Information
Saturday, March 28th, 2015
1-4 P.M.

Owen Guy Tonak, age 63, of Winsted passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice House in Chaska.

He was born on May 4, 1951 in Springfield, Minnesota the son of Herman & Dorothy (Meyer) Tonak Jr.

He honorably served his Country in The United States Marine Corps.

On August 18, 1990, Owen Tonak and Gloria (nee Hertzog) Kaczmarek were joined in holy marriage at Baylor County Park in Norwood.

He was formerly employed as a Sheriff’s Deputy for McLeod County for thirty years retiring in 2005.

Owen enjoyed his children and grandchildren, gun collecting especially antique guns, history, hunting, trapping and Historic Fort Snelling.
He was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and American Legion Post # 407 both in Winsted.

Survived by his blushing bride: Gloria; four children: Sarah (Travis) Keith of Stewart, Hannah (William) Edwards of Jacksonville, North Carolina, Jason (Sara) Kaczmarek of Hutchinson and Ryan (Kari) Kaczmarek of Silver Lake; thirteen grandchildren; sisters: Dawn (Jonathan) Tweit of Hendersonville, North Carolina and Holly Pitts of Morgan; many other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by his parents and by a brother Wade Tonak.

A Memorial Service for Owen Tonak will be held on Saturday, March 28th at 4:00 P.M. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted. Pastor Mark Loder will officiate. A meal will follow the Memorial Service.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, March 28th from 1-4 P.M. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Urn Bearers will be Owen’s grandchildren.

8 Guestbook Entries

  1. Fred Sutherland

    I knew Owen from Ft. Snelling. He was a mentor and a friend. I will miss our conversations as neighbors in the locker-room and outside when we prepared to fire the cannon.

  2. Shelly & Steve Eggert

    We are sorry for the loss of someone who meant a lot to so many people. He left a lot of great memories for you and your family.

  3. Jason Ehlers

    God Speed Owen. Thank you for your service in both the Marines and Sheriff’s Office.
    Rusty, you are in my prayers.

  4. Jimmy Hansen

    We are so sorry for your family’s loss of a Husband, Dad, Grandpa and a Great friend. I will miss the great emails and calls Owen and I shared. I will miss a Great Mentor that I learned from in the beginning of my career! I can’t wait to someday be in Heaven and continue my visit with Owen (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)
    Jimmy & Sarah, Lola, Bella, Lena & Svea

  5. Peter Edwards

    I worked with Owen for the last two years at Fort Snelling. Il will miss is wisdom, passion, dedication and humor. Owen will live on with us at the fort. All of us who knew Owen, will talk often of him and the joy he brought with him every time he walked through the gate. We are not less for having lost him, but greater for having had the honour of knowing him. I’ll meet you again Owen, at Fiddler’s Green.

  6. Tim Knellwolf

    Rusty & Family–Sorry I am unable to attend services. I was fortunate to have many opportunities to work with Owen when he was on the road and when he taught our firearms safety education classes. I will always have good memories and smiles when I think of him. God bless! Tim

  7. Steve & Diane Keith

    our condolences to Owen’s family.

  8. Ralph Wintheiser

    Owen and I were schoolmates at Morgan HS and he was a good friend. Sorry to hear of his passing.


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