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Wayne Gustave Kropuenske

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Wayne Gustave Kropuenske was born on Saturday, April 21, 1945 to Earl and Thelma (Leslie) Kropuenske in Beresford, South Dakota. He graduated from Luverne High School in Minnesota in 1963. In that same year, Wayne enlisted in the National Guard. For a time, he sold Hansen Silos with his father and other agriculture equipment for Gehl/New Holland and New Idea. After gaining much experience in the field, Wayne opened Kropuenske Implement in Tyndall, South Dakota owning and operating it for several years. Following the closure of his shop, Wayne worked for Powermotive in Colorado and Murphy Tractor in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. In 2010, he once again made his home in Tyndall.
Wayne loved his family, friends, and his beloved 1996 Ford Explorer. His 300,000+ mile vehicle spoke of his joy of getting out and about and was a very familiar sight in the town and countryside. Wayne also enjoyed telling stories and his routine breakfast burrito at Schmidt’s followed by a cheeseburger and Pepsi lunch at the Corral. Wayne’s family will always remember him as the best dad, grandfather, and selfless friend that anyone could ask for. He was a daredevil who was never afraid to live his life to the fullest.
Wayne passed away on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at Avera-Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton having attained the age of 70 years, 7 months, and 24 days.
He is survived by his daughters: Dawn E. (special friend Jerry Hansen) Kropuenske and Jessica W. (Dustin) Kropuenske Stanton; grandchildren: Addison, Alex, and Avery Stanton; mother Thelma Leslie Kropuenske; brother Duane E. (Linda) Kropuenske; former wife Kathy Mount Kropuenske; and several nieces, nephews, and relatives.
He was preceded in death by his father, sister-in-law Patsy Kropuenske, and many aunts and uncles.

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Our thoughts and prayers go out to Wayne's family in this time of sorrow. Your father, grandfather, and friend helped me grow as a husband and father myself. Either running into Wayne at Schimdt's or an occasional honk as he drove by our house, Wayne always had time to chat, give us a big wave, or send you a message with his smile. Heaven gained a great person! Rest in peace, The Jodozi Family

Chad Jodozi Dec 20 2015 9:01 AM

I want to send my sincere sympathy to Wayne's Family and Friends. "Otto" and I were Junior High and High School Buddies. I watched him ride his Cushman Eagle, hot rod his '52 Chevy Coupe, and joined in the fun of his '61 Corvair "Monza". We were pretty much joined at the hip in High School. We all wondered why he didn't come home for our 50th Class Reunion. I kept telling my wife that "one of these days I'm going to drive down to Tyndall and find that darn clown". We should never put off til tomorrow what we can do today. He'll always be one of my best buddies, and there's an empty spot in my heart today.

Joe Rowe Dec 17 2015 7:44 PM

I could not begin to count the times the green Chevy was at our house in Luverne. Wayne is now in heaven with his friend Jim. They spent many hours together here on earth and are now celebrating Christmas with loved ones gone before them. No more challenges, Wayne. I would say Rest in Peace, but we all know you are not resting with that restored body. Carol Godfrey Lundholm

Carol Godfrey Lundholm Dec 17 2015 7:25 PM

I was so saddened to hear about the passing of my Uncle Wayne. I have so many great memories of him growing up. He was the coolest Uncle ever to a young boy. He let me drive his dune buggy when I was about 12 and gave me my first 100+ mph car ride lol. I'm so glad I was able to visit with him and meet his new family when we stopped by. I believe they lived in Scott's Bluff, Nebraska at the time. I wish I would've kept in communication with him more. You'll be missed Uncle Wayne!

Billy Hollander Dec 17 2015 10:30 AM