Dwayne Magers, 65, of Nicollet died Saturday, January 8, 2011 at the Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis. Funeral service was Wed., Jan. 12, 2011 at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Nicollet with the Rev. Ron Siemers officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery, rural Nicollet. Full military honors will be conducted at the cemetery by the American Legion Post #510 of Nicollet.
Dwayne Edward Magers, the son of Lester and Adeline (Kettner) Magers was born on January 6, 1946 in New Ulm. He graduated from Nicollet High School in the class of 1964. Dwayne served in the United States Airforce, entering in 1964 and being honorably discharged in 1969. He served stateside and overseas in Okinawa and Taiwan.
On March 9, 1974 Dwayne was united in marriage to Pam Krohn at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Nicollet. After marriage they lived in Nicollet. He worked at Skyline in New Ulm for several years before becoming employed at MICO, Inc. in Mankato. There he worked for thirty-three years retiring on July 31, 2009. While working at MICO and continuing during his retirement he had been the caretaker of the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home’s Nicollet Chapel, He started that in the late 1990′s and held that job until his death this past Saturday.
While in school Dwayne had been active in various sports. This he continued on after graduation where being a member of various fast pitch softball , basketball, volleyball, and football leagues and teams. Dwayne had a talent for music and played in the famous “Schells Hobo Band” following in his father’s footsteps by playing the tuba.He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and had been in the church choir for many years.
Dwayne was an active member of the Nicollet American Legion where he had been the Commander for five years. He was a past member of the Nicollet Fire department retiring in February of 2002 after twenty-nine years of service. While a fireman he held positions as president, vice president, treasurer, and first and second captain. During his retirement Dwayne enjoyed watching and feeding birds, woodworking, motorcycle riding, classic cars, walking, going to daily coffee and Saturday morning breakfast with friends. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting with his son, and just being involved in outdoor activities. In keeping with Dwayne’s loving and generous spirit, it was his decision to donate life so that others may live by being a tissue donor.
Dwayne is survived by his wife, Pam of Nicollet; a daughter, Heather Magers and her special friend Mike Anthony both of Nicollet; a son, Aaron Magers of Nicollet and his special friend Jenn Wester and her daughter, Jules of Mankato; a sister and brother-in-law, Bev and Craig Stevensen of Nicollet; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bill and Cheri Magers of Gaylord and Mark and Jane Magers of Redwood Falls; an aunt, Agnes Kettner of Nicollet; mother and father-in-law, Arnold and Elaine Krohn of Nicollet; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Larry and Shirley Krohn, Dale and Jan Krohn all of Nicollet, Kim Krohn of Annandale; and by several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Mike.