Merlin Konrardy

Merlin Konrardy

Merlin J. Bud Konrardy, age 89, of Waconia, passed away Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 at the Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice House in Chaska.
Memorial Mass held Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Josephs Catholic Church (41 First St. East) in Waconia with Father Bennet Tran, Father Mike Van Sloun and Father Ken OHotto as Con-Celebrants of the Mass; a gathering of family and friends was Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home (141 First St. East) in Waconia and at the church one hour prior to the Mass; Rosary will be recited Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. at the church; interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Merlin Joseph (Bud) Konrardy, age 89, returned to the Lord Nov. 14, 2013 in Chaska, Minn. Bud was born on June 21, 1924 in Cascade, Iowa, the son of Andrew and Louise (Feldman) Konrardy and grew up in Cascade, Iowa during the depression.
Bud served in World War II in the Army Air Corp. as a B-24 bombardier in the Philippines. He went on to serve in the Air Force Reserves after the War and advanced to the rank of Major.
Bud married Ruth Elna Walters on May 13, 1947 in Waterloo, Iowa. Together they did a magnificent job raising four kind and generous sons (Joe, Tom, Bill and Paul). Bud and Ruth worked side by side as co-owners of an independent photography studio (Konrardy Studio, Charles City, Iowa, Grinnell, Iowa, Montgomery, Minn.) and Bud then became and insurance agent (Wabasso, Minn., Jackson, Minn.). Bud and Ruth retired in 1988 and spent much time in Apache Junction, Ariz. Bud enjoyed an active retirement of travel, genealogy and visiting with people. He returned to Waconia, Minn., to be closer to family and build new friends at Westview Acres for the remainder of his days.
He was a past Grand Knights of Columbus and belonged to the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Associations. He was an active member of every Catholic Parish he belonged.
He was a man who believed in helping others and spreading good cheer. Bud consistently brought smiles and laughter to those around him and left special friends where ever he lived.
Bud is survived by sons; Joe Konrardy with Bonnie Jean (Kirscher), Tom Konrardy with Jean (Rothmeier), Bill Konrardy with Julie (Harkness) and Paul Konrardy with Peter Fiske; eight grandchildren Michael (Heather) Konrardy, John Konrardy, Mary (Steve) Knauff, Ann (Jeff) Guyott, Jeff Konrardy, Samantha (Corey) Flatten, Max Konrardy, Lily Crooks; nine great-grandchildren Camden, Kiersten, Mykala, London, Cayden, Carter, Rebecca, Madeline, Taylor; Numerous nephews and nieces and other loved adopted family members as well as sisters-in-law Ida (Kersten) Konrardy and Marlys (Braun) Konrardy.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to Ridgeview Foundation (Hospice Care) or The Good Samaritan Foundation (Westview Acres & Good Sam) in Waconia.
Arrangements with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.

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