Owen G. Tonak, 63

Owen Guy Tonak, age 63, of Winsted, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice House in Chaska.

He was born May 4, 1951, in Springfield, MN, the son of Herman and Dorothy (Meyer) Tonak Jr.

Owen honorably served his country in the United States Marine Corps.

Owen was joined in holy marriage to Gloria Hertzog Aug. 18, 1990, at Baylor County Park in Norwood.

Owen was formerly employed as a sheriff’s deputy for McLeod County for 30 years, retiring in 2005.

He enjoyed his children and grandchildren, gun collecting, especially antique guns; history, hunting, trapping, and Historic Fort Snelling.

Owen was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, and American Legion Post 407, both in Winsted.

He is survived by his blushing bride, Gloria; four children: Sarah (Travis) Keith of Stewart, Hannah (William) Edwards of Jacksonville, NC, Jason (Sara) Kaczmarek of Hutchinson, and Ryan (Kari) Kaczmarek of Silver Lake; 13 grandchildren; sisters Dawn (Jonathan) Tweit of Hendersonville, NC, and Holly Pitts of Morgan; and many other relatives and friends.

Owen was preceded in death by his parents; and by a brother, Wade Tonak.

A memorial service took place Saturday, March 28 at 4 p.m. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted with the Rev. Mark Loder officiating. There was visitation from 1 to 4 p.m. at the church.

Owen’s grandchildren were urnbearers.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.

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