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Bradley James Konechne, 57, of Midland, Mich.

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 9th, 2013

MIDLAND, Mich. Bradley James Konechne, 57, of Midland, Mich., died on Oct. 6, 2013, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Services will be held Friday, Oct. 18, at 1 p.m. at the 1905 Opera House in Wessington Springs. Food and fellowship will follow the service.

Bradley James Konechne was born Dec. 22, 1955, in Mitchell, to Howard and Nancy Auld Konechne. He graduated from the Wessington Springs High School in 1974. He attended Mount Marty College in Yankton and graduated with both a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Biology degree. He received a Masters Degree in Communications from the University of South Dakota.

At 21, he developed Hodgkins Lymphoma disease and struggled with health problems for the remainder of his life.

He enjoyed photography, music, painting, jewelry, sculpture and inventing. He apprenticed with master landscape painter, A.D. Greer, in Albuquerque, N.M. His first art show of paintings was on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Calif.

He is survived by his parents, Howard and Nancy Auld Konechne of Wessington Springs; sisters, Deb Konechne and Teresa Konechne of the Twin Cities; brother, Todd, of Sanford, Mich.; nieces and nephews, NaCole Bezpaletz of Rapid City, Eliana Konechne Redfield of St. Paul, Minn. Chris Johnson of Kansas City, Kevin, Kyle and Kris Konechne of Sanford, Mich.; and many uncles and aunts, and friend, Alan Dougan.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Don and Alice Nelson Auld of Plankinton and Paul and Mayme Mines Konechne of Kimball.

Basham Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

For the complete article see the 10-08-2013 issue.

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