Todd Salonek, age 54, of Springfield, died Monday, August 20, 2012, at his home.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Springfield with burial at St. Raphael's Catholic Cemetery on Sunday, August 26 at 2 p.m.
Visitation will be Friday, August 24 from 4-8 p.m. at Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield, and will continue for one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.
There will be a parish prayer service at 4 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.
Father Dennis Labat, officiating.
Condolences may be sent via e-mail at: www.sturmfh.com.
Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield.
Todd ''Chief' Salonek was born March 23, 1958, in Waconia, MN to Urban and Rose (Peter) Salonek. He graduated from Springfield High School in 1976 and then attended Alexandria Technical School where he studied for Parts Management. Chief worked for Englin Construction during and after high school which later became Salonek Construction. He was united in marriage to Debra Jenzen on October 19, 1985, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Springfield. He was a member of St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Springfield and the Sons of the American Legion. Chief enjoyed Arctic Cat snowmobiles, golfing, watching the Vikings, chopping wood, watching the fireplace in the winter, and Westerns, especially "The Lone Ranger."?He especially enjoyed his trips to Mexico, driving around, and socializing with friends.
He is survived by wife Deb of Springfield; children, Kelly and husband John Meyer of Belle Plaine, Tianna Salonek of Sauk Rapids, and Zach Salonek of Springfield; grandchildren, Brynne, Braxtyn, and Jameson Meyer; parents, Urb and Rose Salonek of Springfield; siblings, Judy (Dave) Rubey of Sleepy Eye, Jack Salonek of Worthington, Kent (Mary) Salonek of Springfield, Rod (Wendy) Salonek of Springfield, Craig (Darcy) Salonek of New Ulm, and Chad (Annette) Salonek of Springfield; mother-in-law Adeline (Al) Schubbe of Springfield; sister-in-law Jane (John) Altenhofen of Springfield; brothers-in-law, Kerry (Barb) Jenzen of Springfield, and Hunter (Kristi) Jenzen of Waseca; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by father-in-law James Jenzen.