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David Joseph Konz

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David Konz

HARTINGTON - David Joseph Konz, 66, Hartington, died unexpectedly July 3, 2024, at Sanford Medical Center, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Mass of Christian Burial was July 9 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Hartington, with the Rev. Owen Korte officiating. Burial will be at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Hartington, at a later date.

Pallbearers were Ryan Gratzfeld, Aiden Gratzfeld, Zoey Gratzfeld, Jay Schild, Jason Morten and Roy Carl.

Honorary pallbearers were Kayne Gratzfeld, Ledger Gratzfeld, and the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus.

Visitation and a vigil service were Monday at church. Visitation continued Tuesday, one hour prior to services. Arrangements were under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home, Hartington.

David was born May 31, 1958, in Yankton, S.D., to Jack and Gertrude (Hahn) Konz. David grew up in Hartington, graduating from Hartington Cedar Catholic in 1976. He attended Wayne State College for two years and studied business. He then came back to run the Globe Clothing with his parents. After two years of running the store with his parents, he lost his father due to cancer. This left David in charge of running the business at age 24. He married Lynne (Arens) in 1981 and had two children, Stephanie and Erica. They later separated. David bought the Globe a few years later and continued to run the Globe Clothing until he retired in 2017. He was able to spend retirement at his favorite place, the cabin at the lake. In his words, “that’s where you sleep the best” and “get to wake up to the birds singing.”

David’s passions were his family and friends, running the family business and football. David’s love for football lead him to officiating football games for 28 years. He even got to ref a few of his grandchildren’s football games.

David enjoyed watching the Huskers and Dallas Cowboys. He also enjoyed watching Lady Husker Volleyball and Basketball.

David played a big part of the community. He documented the weather in town for the National Weather Service for 39 years. David was also elected Chamber of Commerce President for one term. David was also a 4th Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus for many years. He was very active in his Catholic faith including being a lector for many years.

David is survived by his two daughters, Stephanie (Ryan) Gratzfeld, Hartington, and Erica Konz, Sioux City, Iowa; four grandchildren, Aiden, Zoey, Kayne and Ledger Gratzfeld; brother, Mike (Pilar) Konz, Kearney; sisters, Mary (Rob) Caruana, Yankton, S.D., and Kathy Slattery, Lincoln, and many other nieces and nephews.

David was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Gertrude Konz; and his late wife, Lynne (Arens) Konz.