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Wynn Kirkeby

July 26, 1954 December 18, 2014
Wynn Kirkeby
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Obituary for Wynn Kirkeby

Worthington, MN


      Wynn (Edwin Bror) Kirkeby was born on July 26, 1954, to John and Arla (Johnson) Kirkeby, in Worthington, MN. He attended local schools and graduated from Worthington Senior High School in 1973. He also attended Carroll College in Helena, MO. After college, Wynn worked briefly in sales and at Michael’s Steak House in Worthington. He was also an excellent percussionist. That was his true passion. While in high school, Wynn played drums in the Worthington High School Trojan Band, as well as in the group “Rigormortis” with his friends Mark Evenson and Todd Lowry. He was also percussionist for other bands at various times throughout his life, even playing a mean trap set when he was blind! Wynn’s one solace in life was music and more music, and he had a taste for many different music genres.

      Indeed, Wynn had an affinity for life, which never waned, even during the last many years of his life when he had no eyesight and struggled with huge swings in his blood sugars, being a diabetic since age 2. In fact, he endured many hospitalizations and frequently astounded his doctors by rebounding when at death’s door.

      Wynn had many friends who were scattered throughout the country and he enjoyed visiting with several at his 40th WHS Class Reunion in 2013.

      Wynn was a member of First Lutheran Church, Worthington and most recently, a resident of Sanford Adrian Care Center, Adrian, MN.

      Wynn’s struggles finally came to an end on December 18, 2014, at Sanford Medical Center, Worthington, when he passed away peacefully with his sister at his side.

      Wynn is survived by his brother Chuck (Sue) Kirkeby of Strasburg, CO, his sisters Cindy (Paul) Stam of Worthington, MN and Rev. Karla Kirkeby of Fountain, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Emily Kirkeby and great niece Amanda Anders.

      A memorial service will be held for Wynn on Wednesday, October 7, 2015, at 1:30 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home Chapel in Worthington, MN, with Pastor Nancy Larson, First Lutheran Church, Worthington and Pastor Karla Kirkeby, Intentional Interim, Fountain and Root Prairie Lutheran Churches, Fountain, MN officiating.  Burial will be in the Worthington Cemetery.

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