AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Dwaine McKinnon, of Mora, passed away on Tuesday, January 7, 2020. He was 84 years old.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held on Tuesday, January 14th at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Mora with Pastor Bob DeYoung officiating.
VISITATION will be one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the church.
INURNMENT will be at Grasston Union Cemetery.
Dwaine Ray McKinnon, of Mora, passed away on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at his home. He was 84 years old.
Dwaine was born on May 25, 1935 in Northfield, Minnesota to parents Raymond and Marjorie (Closson) McKinnon. He was the first born of his siblings, Mavis and Gene. In 1946 the family moved to a farm near Mora and Dwaine graduated from Mora High School in 1953. On July 13, 1956, while on a blind date, Dwaine met the love of his life, Laverne Meidema. They were married on August 15, 1957 and were blessed with six children, Bev, Bob, Barb, Bonnie, Brad, and Brent. Dwaine went into the Army in April of 1958 and was stationed in Germany with the 46th Artillery Group 91st ordinance. After his discharge, Dwaine and Laverne worked in St. Paul for a short time before returning to the family farm.
Dwaine was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Mora, served on the board for the Grasston Feed Mill, DHIA, Farm Bureau, and was an active member of the EC Riders snowmobile club in his younger years. Dwaine took pride in his milking operation and it was often said that you could eat off of the floor in his milkhouse. He received several awards through Land O’ Lakes for quality milk production.
Dwaine worked hard to raise his family and was very proud of his children. On Saturday evenings he enjoyed dancing or playing cards with friends. Dwaine enjoyed taking long snowmobile rides, fishing, riding motorcycle, and road trips in the van. He was known to take the long way home whether it was by car, snowmobile, or cycle.
In 1993, they sold the dairy cows and began raising beef. He enjoyed farming and if he wasn’t on a tractor in the field, he would be on a 4-wheeler checking on the cows or visiting with the neighbors for extended periods of time. He enjoyed watching his granddaughters at horse shows and taking the younger grandchildren out for rides on the 4-wheeler or golf cart. He loved telling people all about his grandchildren and was so proud of them. Each held a special place in his heart. Dwaine continued raising beef and farming with the help of Brad, Bonnie and Vincent up until the fall of 2019. He was loved by his family and will be missed.
Dwaine is preceded in death by his parents; son Bobby; grandchildren, Damon, Dustin, and Ella; brother-in-law David Burk; and sister-in-law Suzi McKinnon.
He is survived by his wife Laverne; children, Beverly (Pat) Bankers, Barbara (Scott) Peterson, Bonnie (Vincent) McKinnon, Bradley (Noel) Mckinnon, and Brent (Emily) McKinnon; grandchildren, Christine, Jessie, Sadie, Onnalee, Olivia, Brianna, Braden, Elizabeth, Hannah, and Finley; great grandchildren, Kyler, Tate, Skye, Brylee, Callahan, Alaina; brother Gene McKinnon; sister Mavis Burk; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.