Mass of Christian Burial for Douglas “Doug” Konold, 93, of Minneota, will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 11, 2021, at St. Edward Catholic Church in Minneota. Visitation will be Friday, December 10, from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. at St. Edward Catholic Church. Interment with military honors will follow the service at St. Edward Catholic Cemetery in Minneota.
Douglas Charles Konold was born on October 8, 1928, in Minneota to Floyd and Doris (Spanton) Konold. He grew up in Minneota and graduated from Minneota High School where he competed in baseball, basketball and football. Doug attended St. Cloud State University for two years on a basketball scholarship. He enlisted and served in the U.S. Army in Korea during the Korean War as a member of the 24th Infantry Division. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Minneota. On June 22, 1957, he was united in marriage to Jeannette Verhelst at St. Edward Catholic Church. Doug played for the Minneota Town Ball team at a young age. He also enjoyed playing golf and was the Club Champion at the Countryside Golf Course. He owned and operated the Konold Oil Company for many years where he was a familiar and friendly face at the station. Whether delivering bulk fuel, filling or servicing vehicles, he enjoyed time with his customers and many friends. Doug was also a volunteer fireman. He was passionate about his family. He enjoyed watching his kids and grandkids play sports and the Minneota Vikings football team was his favorite. He was also an avid Minnesota Twins fan. Doug was a loving husband to his wife, Jeannette and her caregiver in her later years. Doug suffered a stroke two months after Jeannette’s death and required 24 hour care himself.
Doug died on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, surrounded by family under hospice care at his residence in Minneota. He is survived by his children Chuck (and Chris) Konold of Minneota, Doris “Dodie” (and Gary) Derynck of Minneota, Janet (and Mark) Van Keulen of Minneota, Carol (and Jerry) Differding of Taunton, Michelle Guttormsson of Mesa, AZ, Rick (and Lona Rae) Konold of Minneota, Jon (and Meghan) Konold of Willmar, 20 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, sister Frances McDowell and many extended relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Jeannette, daughters Barbie and Marcie, grandson Christopher and sister Illa.
Memorials preferred to St. Edward Catholic School or U.S. American Legion Post 199 of Minneota.