Donald "Don" J. Konvicka, 41, of Geneseo, died unexpectedly Friday, July 19, 2013, at the emergency room of Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo. Funeral services celebrating his life were held Wednesday, July 24 at First United Methodist Church, Geneseo. The Rev. Dr. Chris Ritter officiated. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery. A visitation was held Tuesday, July 23 at Vandemore Funeral Home, Geneseo. Memorials may be left to the Donald Konvicka Memorial Fund.
Don was born on Nov. 8, 1971, in Albuquerque, N.M., the son of John Konvicka and Lucille (Minks) Kumpunen. He was a 1990 graduate of Friendswood High School, Friendswood, Texas. He married Tammie S. Flick on June 11, 1994, in Effingham. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy aboard the USS Rhode Island of which he was a plank owner. He was currently employed by Exelon Nuclear Corporation, Cordova as an operator.
Don belonged to First United Methodist Church, Geneseo where he was a youth leader of Rock Student Ministries. He was a spiritual father to many youth. He enjoyed restoring his Mustang with his son and saltwater fishing. He was a God-fearing, faithful husband, quick to ask for forgiveness if he was in the wrong, with sincere repentance. Don was hardworking, not wanting to leave a job half completed. He was a giver of himself to those in need and a defender of the right and protector of the innocent. He will forever be my partner, best friend, lover, superhero, sugarbear . . . Don was a true family man, a Godly-man by example and a great father.
Survivors include his wife, Tammie; daughter Katelyn and son, Nathan, both at home; parents, John (Trish) Konvicka of League City, Texas and Lucy (Hank) Kumpunen of Arlington, Texas; brother, Gary (Tammi) Konvicka of Beasly, Texas; sister, Christy Grace of Houston, Texas; half-sister, Candice Kline of Japan; step-brother, Brian Kumpunen of Pennsylvania; and niece and nephew, Emily and Jacob. He was preceded in death by his grandparents.