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Paul W. Konst

Mass of Chrsitian burial for Paul W. Konst, Huron, SD, was celebrated Tuesday, Dec. 21, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Huron with Father Donald Imming as celebrant.

Paul died Wednesday evening, Dec. 15, 2004, at Sioux Valley Hospital at Sioux Falls at the age of 80.

Music for the service was provided by Fran Hendricks, organist, and Rich Janes, soloist. Casket bearers were Kevin and Brian Taber, Jon and Danielle Konst, Teresa Pengilly and Scott Klitzke.

Interment was in St. Martin Cemetery, Huron, with military rites by the Huron Veterans Council.

Paul William Konst was born on June 29, 1924, to Clemens and Alice (Griswold) Konst at Powell, SD. He attended grade school at Nowlin, SD, and graduated from high school at Philip, SD. He attended one year at Black Hills Commercial College at Rapid City.

On Nov. 14, 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served aboard the destroyer USS John L. Williamson and the USS Fayette in the Asian-Pacific Theater. He was honorably discharged on March 16, 1946.

Upon his return home, he began a 41-year career with the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad as a locomotive engineer, retiring in 1987.

On June 1, 1949, Paul married Lois T. Schaefer at Polo, SD.

He was an active member of Holy Trinity Catholic Parish and St. Martin Cemetery Board of Directors. He was the sexton/caretaker of St. Martin Cemetery for 33 years. Paul was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Forrest McMullen Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1776, William Reaves American Legion Post #7, United Transportation Union, and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Engineers.

He is survived by his wife, Lois, of Huron; nine children, Joseph and his wife, Mary, of Cary, NC, James and his wife, Solveig, of Tirana, Albania, Michael and his wife, Ronda, of Kuwait, Arabian Gulf, Patricia and her husband, Mark Leaman, of Springfield, MO, Lyle and his wife, Danita, of Rapid City, Paula and her husband, Daniel Pengilly, of Omaha, NE, Anthony and his wife, Rebecca, of Chandler, AZ, Kenneth and his wife, Vickie, of Midland, MI, and Kathleen and her husband, Jeff Kersting, of Seoul, South Korea; one sister, Dorothy Stahl of Philip; and 17 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Dorris Ballanger; and one brother-in-law, Paul Stahl.