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Kevin James KoenigCONCELEBRANTS
Fr. Joe Forcelle
Fr. John Rasmussen
Fr. Mark Lichter
Organist ~ Marcene Kniffen
Soloist ~ Tim Dingman
"The King of Love"
"One Bread, One Body"
Kevin was born April 6, 1979 in Rapid City, SD to James and Kathleen (Donahue) Koenig of Tyndall, SD. He grew up in Tyndall and graduated from Bon Homme High School in 1998. After high school, he attended the University of South Dakota before gaining acceptance into Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. He received a degree in Industrial Labor Relations, interning on Wall Street during the summer of 2001 and spent some time at the World Trade Center. During his final semester in 2002, Kevin interned for Tom Daschle in Washington, DC. He graduated from Cornell in 2002.
Kevin launched his business in real estate and property management upon returning to South Dakota and developed a knack for home remodeling. Kevin married Marichu Matig-a on March 8, 2012.
Kevin had a joyous childhood growing up in Tyndall and was a lead player on his basketball and football teams, standing at 6 ft 7 inches tall. He was passionate about music and played the drums on any surface he could find while belting his baritone voice. He sparked invigorating political discussions with whomever would engage with him and had a sharp wit. He loved traveling, caring for his pets, and sharing in family traditions, especially around the holidays. He had a deep love for his family and cherished time spent with his grandparents. He will be remembered for his fantastic sense of humor, his commanding stature, and his compelling personality.
Kevin is survived by his parents, James and Kathleen Koenig of Tyndall; sister Carolyn (Mike) Gleason and their children, Quinnlyn and Liam, of Belle Plaine, MN; sister Maureen (James) McFarlane of Minneapolis, MN; grandmother Eileen Donahue of Wakonda, SD; his beloved cat, Reit; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, James Donahue of Wakonda and Eugene and Agnes Koenig of Tyndall.
The following saying may help you understand why this sorrow has happened. May Our Father continue to give you comfort and to see the joy in the memories. The Plan of the Master Weaver Our lives are but fine weavings That God and we prepare, Each life becomes a fabric planned And fashioned in His care. We may not always see just how The weavings intertwine, But we must trust the Masters hand And follow His design. For He can view the pattern Upon the upper side, While we must look from underneath And trust in Him to guide. Sometimes a strand of sorrow Is added to His plan, And though its difficult for us, We still must understand That its He who fills the shuttle, Its He who knows whats best So we must weave in patience And leave to Him the rest. Not till the loom is silent And the shuttles cease to fly Shall God unroll the canvas And explain the reason why The dark threads are as needed In the Weavers skillful hand As the threads of gold and silver In the pattern He has planned. (Author Unknown)
Elaine Soukup Dec 7 2013 11:50 AM
We are so sorry to hear of your tragic loss of your son, Kevin. May Our Father bless you during this difficult time of saying good-by to Kevin. Trust that it was Kevin's time to go home even though it is hard to understand "why" at this time. May all the wonderful memories of Kevin bring you some peace and joy as you struggle thru your grief. Our Prayers and Thoughts are with you.
Pat & Elaine Soukup Dec 2 2013 11:19 AM
We are so sorry to hear about the loss in your family. You have our sincere sympathy.
Ted and Jennifer Powell Dec 1 2013 8:32 AM
Jim, Kathleen, Maureen and Carolyn, May God be with you and your families as you mourn the loss of your son and brother. It's always hard to lose a family member so young. Our prayers are with you at this time of loss. If there is anything I (we) can do to help, please let us know. We will have a mass dedicated for the soul of Kevin at the House of Mary Shrine. God Bless each of you. Russ & Jean Weller
Russ & Jean Weller Nov 30 2013 11:52 AM
Jim, Kathy, Carolyn and Maureen, We are so very sorry for your profound loss of your son and brother. Our many thoughts and prayers are with your family at this tragic time. Know we are holding you all close in our hearts.
Nick and Jen Johnson Nov 30 2013 11:44 AM
Koenig Family, I am so deeply saddened to hear of Kevin's passing. I pray that remembering Jesus' promise of eternal life can bring you some peace and comfort now and always. Hugs to you all.
Heather (Lammers) Fillaus Nov 29 2013 6:13 PM
I'm so sorry for this terrible loss. The death of a child is a parent's worst nightmare. I also know Kevin's death has affected all of his family members, friends and acquaintances, which I know are many. My deepest condolences to all of you.
Jim McCarty Nov 29 2013 4:32 PM
I'm so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of singing duets with Kevin in middle school. I'll be thinking of you and holding your family in my heartspace. Peace and love to you.
Audra (Kelley) Fullerton Nov 29 2013 3:27 PM
Kevin was a good friend. I sure will miss our lengthy conversations about anything and everything. I'm still in shock. I'll be praying for his friends and family. So very sad. :-(
Brian Hurst Nov 29 2013 2:47 PM
I am sorry to hear of this tragic loss. My heart goes out to you all.
Darcie (Walkes) Horstmeyer Nov 29 2013 1:44 PM