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Lowell S. Konsterlie

Lowell S. Konsterlie

Aug. 9, 1931 - July 11, 2014

Lowell S. Konsterlie, 82, of Willmar, died Friday, July 11th at Bethesda Heritage Center in Willmar after a year long battle with cancer. His funeral will be 10:30 am, Friday, July 18th at Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar. Burial will be in Cloverleaf Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm, Thursday at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar and continue one hour prior to the service on Friday.

Lowell was born on August 9, 1931, in Willmar, Minnesota, the son of Thorval and Elvina (Monseth) Konsterlie. He grew up on the family farm north of Willmar and attended District 18 for his primary education, graduating from Willmar High School in 1949. Lowell worked with his mother and brother on the family farm two miles north of Willmar, eventually growing his own operation in hogs and crop farming.

On January 18, 1975, he was united in marriage to Carol Gegner in Comfrey, Minnesota. Following their marriage, they farmed six miles north of Pennock until 2008 when he moved to a farm five miles north of Willmar. Lowell was a member of Sons of Norway and Corn and Soybean Growers.

He was baptized and confirmed at Eagle Lake Lutheran Church where he had served as an usher and Sunday school treasurer. Since joining Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar, Lowell has been an usher, and participated in a Mission Trip to Jamaica.

Lowell lived by what Confucius had said, "Pick a job you like and you will never work a day in your life." He had a strong work ethic and enjoyed his work. He was well respected in his community and church. Lowell's first love was his family, always staying connected with everyone and he loved to talk about "the old times," and he could always be heard telling a story or two. He spent many hours driving his pickup to visit his granddaughters and check on the farm. His second love was farming and farming with Larry was his proudest time. Until the end, Lowell was always asking details on crops, weather and what was going on in the neighborhood. His third love was traveling. As a young man, he traveled with Phillip and Esther. Following marriage, Lowell and Carol still traveled and it was a big part of their family life and even after Carol's death, he still wanted to get out and see the world.

Surviving are his son, Larry (and Amanda) Konsterlie of Pennock; daughter, Linda Konsterlie of Maplewood; three grandchildren, Ava, Audrey and Elsie (a 4th grandchild due in November!); and his sister, Esther (and Jim) Hulberg of Moorhead.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Carol in 1999, brother, Phillip and sister, Mildred Thompson.