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Myron John Salonek

Myron John Salonek, age 45, of Plymouth (originally from Woodland Township), died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008.

He was born Jan. 26, 1963, in Watertown, the son of George J. and Eleanor I. Lyrek Salonek.  Myron was the 11th of 12 children born in the Salonek family.

He graduated from Buffalo High School in 1981, and obtained a degree in diesel mechanics from Willmar Vocational Technical Institute in 1983.  Due to continuing health issues, he decided to further his education and received a bachelor of science degree in real estate with a concentration in appraisal from St. Cloud State University in 1993.  

Myron was joined in holy marriage to Mary Annala Nov. 23, 1996. Mary is originally from Annandale.

Myron’s employers included Natonwide Transfer of Maple Plain and Quast Transfer of Winsted, where he was employed as a diesel mechanic, performing diesel engine tune-ups and overhauls.  In later years, Myron was associated with Salonek Real Estate Incorporated and worked in conjunction with LakeShore Dreams, preparing lake shore property values.

He was an excellent outdoors photographer who enjoyed building wood duck houses and successfully restoring Minnesota Prairie Lands (near Annandale).  To say the least, Myron was an avid outdoorsman and conservationist. He belonged to Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, and The National Rifle Association.

Unfortunately Myron suffered many years with chronic pain, depression, and with Asperger’s Disorder (a high-functioning form of autism).  He was incredibly intellectual and was always able to speak at a high intellectual level. Myron passionately tried to share his knowledge of Asperger’s Disorder with those he loved and cared for, and he was a very ethical sportsman.

If you would like to honor Myron’s memory, please plant a tree, build and post a wood duck house, learn and practice good sportsmanship, or plant prairie flowers or prairie grasses. Also, please learn about, and educate others about Asperger’s Disorder.

Myron is survived by his mother, Eleanor I. Salonek; former beloved wife, Mary Annala Salonek (Eugene) Weigel; brothers and sisters, Mark Salonek of St. Paul, Matthew Salonek of Delano, Mary LePage (Edward) Schmidt  of Big Lake, Martha (Charles “Chuck”) Moy of Waverly, George P. Salonek of Annandale, Michael (JoAnn) Salonek of St. Michael, Monica (Douglas) Ruzicka of Montrose, Muriel (Jeffrey) King of Maple Grove, MaDonna (David) Robertson of Prairie du Sac, Wis., Peter Salonek of San Jose Tinian Island M.P. Great Marian Island, and Marguerite M. (Gary A.) Kasper of St. Michael; 29 nieces and nephews; 15 great nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, George J. Salonek; and by a nephew, Justin M. Ruzicka.

A time of gathering took place Saturday, March 1 at the Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m., with featured speakers, Eric W. Canfield and Gerry Ernst.

A celebration of Myron’s life took place Sunday, March 2 at 1 p.m. at the Montrose Community Center, preceded by an additional time of gathering for one hour prior to the service.

Casket bearers were Nicholas Kasper, Scott Robertson, John King, Jordan Ruzicka, Carl Salonek, Jesse Salonek, Lance Moy, Napolean LePage, Aaron Salonek and Mark Humphrys

A Memorial Mass took place Tuesday, March 4 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary of Czestochowa Church in rural Delano.  Father Joseph Gallatin was the celebrant.  

The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home served the family.