M. Kunst webphotoMichael Kunst, of Ogilvie, MN, died on Monday, November 23, 2015 due to an auto accident.  He was 60 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICES will be held on Saturday, November 28th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Kathryn’s Catholic Church in Ogilvie.

VISITATION will be on Saturday, November 28th from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the church.

INTERMENT will be at St. Kathryn’s Cemetery.

Michael Anthony Kunst, of Ogilvie, MN, passed away on November 23, 2015 in a motor vehicle accident only 1½ miles from his home.  He was 60 years old.
Michael was born May 23, 1955 in Milaca, MN.  He was the firstborn son to Anthony and Mary (Jansen) Kunst. He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith. He attended Ogilvie Public Schools and graduated in 1973. He attended vocational technical school for welding. His jobs in life included a cook at Sportsman’s Café back in the early 70’s and a laborer at the Braham Feed Mill.  Mike then went to the Grasston Feed Mill where he started out on the floor, and then worked his way up to manager.  He was employed there for more than thirty years.
Mike married Laurie Kulyas on April 14, 1986.  He was blessed with four children Chad, Ryan, Kari, and Katie, the true miracle who he nicknamed Moe.  Mike loved the outdoors.  He loved ice fishing and hunting.  He was so proud of his daughter Katie, when she shot her first deer this season.  On Sundays, Mike enjoyed watching Vikings games with his friend, Darold.  And on Monday mornings, he would often have coffee with his friend, Randee.  Mike could often be found in the yard.  He enjoyed tending to the garden and taking care of the numerous and various animals on the family hobby farm.  Mike had a huge heart.  He always said that he never wanted a horse at the farm, but when his youngest daughter asked, she got a horse.  Mike was an amazing husband, father, and “Papa”.  The grandkids were his pride and joy, and everything he did was meant to be an example of love, responsibility, and encouragement.
Michael was preceded in death by his infant brother, Richard; grandparents; Uncle Bill (his favorite uncle) and other relatives.
He is survived by his wife, Laurie; parents, Anthony and Mary Kunst; children, Chad (Stephanie), Ryan (Jessica), Kari (Joshua), and Katie; grandchildren, Kyler, Karissa, and Kendra; brothers, Dennis (Cheryl) and Doug (Denise); sisters, Barbara (Gordy) Ranta, Kathy (George) Hampy, and Diane (Bill) Garceau; many other relatives and friends.

25 thoughts on “MICHAEL KUNST”

  1. So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family at this time of sorrow.

    Love, Renee and Sasha (Kathy Hampeys close friend).

  2. We are so terribly sorry to hear of the passing of Mike. Mike will be sadly missed at Grasston Feed Mill. He ALWAYS had something nice to say when we walked in the door. You all have our prayers as you face a hard challenge of life without Mike. God Bless you all!

  3. Mary and Tony:

    We are so terribly sorry to hear of the tragic accident that took the life of your son, Mike. You and all the family
    are in our heart and prayers during this difficult time.

  4. Uncle Mike will be missed terribly. He was always the goofy uncle and we will never be the same without him. Rest in Peace and we will see you again one day!

  5. So sorry for the family and community lost .He was such a nice man. Our daughter just loved going to the mill to see him. He always put a smile on her face. He will be greatly missed. Our prayers go out to the family

  6. Uncle Tony and Aunt Mary You and the family are in my thoughts and prayers. We never know what God has planned for us but He knows. Michael is in heaven singing with the Angels. Love to you all.

  7. I just learned of the tragedy with Mike today when I went to the feed mill. I always enjoyed going to see him and hear his stories and sense of humor. I remember him back over 30 yrs ago when we were farming and he always had something funny to say. It won’t be the same going to the feed mill. I will miss him. Prayers for the family.

  8. Mike was my older brother by 11 months. I will so miss get the call on my birthday and him telling me I was just as old as he was and than 1 month later I would call him and tell him how old he was getting. Mike I love you and will miss you greatly. RIP

  9. I am a friend and neighbor of Barb’s and want the family to know you are all in my prayers during this time of grief. My heart is breaking for all of you. I know how much he will be missed. The Lord has welcomed him home, but no one who loved him was ready for him to leave. May you feel comfort from all the love around you.

  10. Keith and entire family – So sorry for you sudden and terrible loss of a loved uncle, brother, husband, son, and dad – he sounds like a wonderful man to have had in your lives, and such a loss for you. Keeping you and yours in my prayers during this difficult time. Keith – your friend, Peggy.

  11. Carol, Ben and I extend our deepest sympathy to you, Laurie, and your entire family. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve awakened thinking this is all a bad dream. I’m sure it is the same for you. Mike was an incredibly kind and generous man. I feel blessed to have known him and enjoyed working with him on the Grasston Mill board of directors. I will never forget him. Our prayers are with you.

  12. I went to school with Mike. Even though I had not seen him in years, he was always a kind person. I am so so sorry for your loss.

  13. Your family is in our thoughts and Prayers, We are very sad at the news of Mikes passing we will all miss him,
    It will not be the same not seeing him at the feed mill.May god comfort you in this time of sorrow.
    Again our Prayers are with you.

  14. Carol, Ben and I extend our deepest sympathy to you, Laurie, and your entire family. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve awakened thinking this is all a bad dream. It must be the same for you. Mike was an incredibly kind and generous man. I feel blessed to have known him and enjoyed working with him on the Grasston Mill board of directors. I will never forget him. Our prayers are with you.

  15. My sympathy goes out to Mike’s family, friends, and loved ones. My prayers are with you to comfort you. Keep his memory alive.

  16. We’re so sorry for your loss. May the memories you cherish and the hope the Bible gives bring you comfort during this very sad and difficult time. (John 5:28&29)
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
    Love from Pete and Barb Secord and Family

  17. I first met Mike in the sixth grade (1966) of the Ogilvie Public School when my brother & sister, Pat & Shannon, and I were transplanted there from the suburbs of the Twin Cities. Pat & I were in the same grade and I believe we started hanging out with him from the start. About a two years later my Dad bought our farm about a mile or so from the Kunst family farm on the other side of Highway 23. At some point in time he had a minibike and he would come over to our farm almost daily. His nickname was “CJ”. Nobody knows when he got it or what it stood for. But that is what he went by and he was OK with it. When we all got driver’s licenses, he came over in either his Dad’s F250 truck or a 1965 Dodge Polara. We cruised all over the place in that car. Our group consisted of CJ, Pat, Scott Schwinn, Robert Jones, Terry Thorkelson, and myself. We all planned to drive across the western USA after graduation in the summer of 1973. We acquired a 1965 Ford Galaxie, a big tent, and camping gear and headed out right graduation. First northern Minnesota, then straight to Aspen CO. When we got to Yellow Stone Park, CJ, Scott, and Terry decided to go back to MN by bus. Our lives went different directions after that. That’s life. CJ was quite the character to say the least. Anyone who knew him knows what I’m talking about. CJ kept us laughing all the time. Many fond memories. My deepest condolences to Tony and Mary, his siblings. And to his wife, children, and grand children whom I never met.

  18. Dear family of Mike Kunst. I live in Washington State. But I am a distant cousin of Mike. I wish to send you my condolences and sincere compassion and regrets. My sister Helen spoke of Mike often as she is in Grasston often. May God provide you with the grace to get through this time of your life. Signed…..Annie Hall (aka Annie Kunst.) (Oldest Grandchild of Barney and Anne Kunst of Foreston)

  19. My family just learned of Mike’s passing this morning. I am so very sorry for your loss, my heart hurts for you all. Mike was such a great guy! It seems like he always had a smile on his face and could always make me smile. He will be missed so much and the Mill won’t be the same. May God Bless each of you.

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