Michael J. Kvasnicka, age 78, of Delano, passed away Monday, July 25, 2016.
He was born Oct. 28, 1937, in Bruno, MN, and grew up on a farm in Le Sueur, where he excelled at football, basketball, baseball, and track for Le Sueur High School.
After graduating high school in 1955, he enlisted in the Air Force for four years, and then began working for his Uncle Felix Kvasnicka’s electrical contractor company, OK Construction, traveling throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin installing electricity to rural areas.
It was while working on a construction project in Cadott, WI that Mike met the love of his life, Ruth Dietrich, his partner and best friend through 54 years of marriage.
As Mike and Ruth started their young family, they continued to travel to new construction sites throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin on six-month projects. Family always came first for them, so Mike and Ruth decided to settle down in Minnesota, and in 1970, he transferred his electrical construction experience into a long-time career with Wright-Hennepin Electric Co-op, retiring as crew chief after a 30-plus-year career for Wright-Hennepin Electric.
In his career, Mike was well-respected as a great boss who led by example with an incredible work ethic, volunteering to work many extra nights/weekends to restore vital electrical service to customers/businesses in all weather conditions after summer thunderstorms and winter blizzards.
With an impressive “do-it-yourself” spirit, and with their own hands and assistance from family, Mike and Ruth physically built two family homes from the ground up in Loretto and in Delano.
Mike enjoyed deer hunting in Bruno, fishing in Canada, men’s softball league, coaching youth baseball, being a Minnesota Vikings season-ticket holder, and especially encouraging his children and grandchildren in numerous athletic and school events.
He will be fondly remembered as someone always ready and willing to help anyone in need for countless co-workers, friends, and family members.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Winnifred (Haley); and siblings Mary (Mark) Rausch, and Sr. Margaret Kvasnicka CSJ.
He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Ruth (Dietrich); their children, Peg Ditty (Dean), Joe Kvasnicka (Kari), Jay Kvasnicka (Stephanie), Patty Sutherland (Dave), and Jeff Kvasnicka (Sara); grandchildren Paul, Ali, and Jacqui Ditty, Jack, Piper, and Izabel Kvasnicka, Michael, Elizabeth, Jacob, and Jordyn Kvasnicka, Tori Srigley, Grace, and Patrick Sutherland, and Wyatt and Ainsley Kvasnicka; and great-grandchild, Mac Kvasnicka.
Mike is further survived by a brother, Paul Kvasnicka (Ann); and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday, July 29 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano.
There was visitation Thursday, July 28 from 4 to 8 p.m., and continuing Friday from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to Mass, all at Martha’s Hall of St. Peter Catholic Church.
Arrangements were with the Iten Funeral Home, Delano.