Bernie Korkowski, 88, of Alexandria, formerly of Brandon, died Wednesday, September 25, 2019, at Knute Nelson in Alexandria.
Bernard James Korkowski was born on March 3, 1931 in Brandon Township, the son of Frank and Mary (Freske) Korkowski. He attended the Evansville country school through the eighth grade, at which time he began farming with his father fulltime. They raised milk cows, chickens, and small grains. In 1969, Bernie retired from farming.
On April 11, 1970, Bernie married Diane Anderson at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Brandon, and they were blessed with five children.
Bernie went to work for Ludke’s / Henry’s Foods as a warehouse and forklift operator in Alexandria, retiring in 1994. In retirement, Bernie worked part-time as a lineman for Gardonville Telephone, delivered fertilizer for the Brandon Elevator, and worked maintenance for Greenview at area rest stops.
Bernie was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church, where he was active in the Knights of Columbus and Men’s Club. He served on the Brandon School Board and was a member of the Brandon Lions. Bernie greatly enjoyed the outdoors, especially gardening, biking, walking, fishing, bird watching, and taking long drives. Most of all, Bernie cherished time spent with his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Diane of Alexandria; five children, Kurt (Jodee) of Carver, MN, Dawn (Matthew) Hayes of West Fargo, ND, Heidi Heiberg of Moorhead, MN, Duane (Tammy) of West Fargo, ND, Hope (Rory) Amundson of Clearwater, MN; 10 grandchildren, Jonathan, Krista, Ryan, Kyle, Cooper, Kaitlin, Ella, Addison, Kalli, and Lillian; siblings, Bob (Phyllis) Korkowski of Minnetonka, MN, Kenny Korkowski of St. Paul, MN, and Jean (Terry) Clark of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Bernie was preceded in death by his siblings, Irene, Leon, Wilfred, Walter, Vincent, Audrey, and Dorothy; and three infant siblings.
Visitation: 3 – 5 PM Sunday, with a 5 PM Knights of Columbus Rosary at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Brandon, and one hour prior to Mass at the church.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10 AM Monday, September 30, 2019, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Brandon
Clergy: Father Peter VanderWeyst
Interment: St Ann’s Catholic Cemetery, Brandon
Arrangements by Glende-Nilson Funeral Home of Evansville
Online Guestbook: GlendeNilson.com
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