William “Bill” Kostohryz, age 61, of Olivia, MN, died on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at the Olivia Hospital. Funeral Service will be on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 11:00 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bird Island. Visitation will be on Friday, January 15, from 5-7 pm at the church in Bird Island and will continue for one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with Dirks-Blem Funeral Service of Renville.
William Kostohryz was born on March 25, 1959 at St. John’s Hospital in St. Paul to Donald and Betty (Roth) Kostohryz. He was raised in Arden Hills and graduated from Mounds View High School in 1977. In high school he began working in retail and quickly worked his way to management. He moved to the Brainerd Lakes area where he worked for Montgomery Wards. Bill made many lifelong friends while working there. He met the love of his life, Dawn Renee, and they married on January 13, 2001, and together they raised their eight children. Bill and Renee moved to Olivia in September 2008. He was the manager of the ALCO store and later Mac’s Hardware in Olivia. He loved the small town community and the connections that he made. Bill was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. No matter the occasion or whatever they were doing, time spent with his family was most precious to him. Bill shared his wisdom with many and enjoyed having deep conversations with his family and friends over Captain Cokes. The VRBO at South Long Lake was a vacation spot where the family shared numerous memories. Bill liked playing marbles and fishing in his boat with Renee. Following the Dallas Cowboys and BOLD sports teams were a hobby of his that brought him much joy. Bill will be remembered for the immeasurable love he had for his family.
Bill is survived by his wife, Renee of Olivia; his children: Stephen Kostohryz of Baxter, Mike Kostohryz of Brainerd, Katie Kostohryz (Brett) of Brainerd, Jimmy Lehman of Brainerd, Chris Kostohryz of Brainerd, Jacob (Adrienne) Lehman of Verndale, Kyle Kostohryz of Willmar, and Kelli Kostohryz (Sam) of Willmar; seven grandchildren: Mariah, Gavin, Adelynn, Brayden, Connor, Anthony, and Rosilee; his father, Donald Kostohryz of Forest Lake; his brother, Peter (Peggy) Kostohryz of Circle Pines; and his sister, Sue (Jim) Wren of Wyoming. Bill was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Kostohryz.
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