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Cyril Wenner, 83

Cyril "Sonny" John Henry Wenner, 83, died Sunday, December 29, 2013 at Peaceful Bliss in Alexandria.

Cyril was born March 3, 1930 in Mankato to John and Marcella (Miller) Wenner. He graduated from Mankato High School and started working at SM Auto Parts. Sonny served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War from January 1951 to November 1952, with a medical discharge. Sonny returned to Mankato and resumed his job at SM Auto Parts.

He was transferred to Blue Earth in 1958 to manage SM Auto Parts Store, which he later purchased and ran under the name Standard Auto Parts. He sold the store in 1968 and moved to Alexandria, where he was employed by National Bushing until his retirement in 1978.

On October 17, 1953 Sonny was united in marriage to Ruth Olsen in Mankato. To this union the couple was blessed with four children.

Sonny was a member of the American Legion for 60 years and the Eagles. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing cards, especially whist. Sonny also enjoyed visiting with neighbors and friends and loved the staff at Peaceful Bliss.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth, of Alexandria; son, Thomas (Kristi) Wenner of Alexandria; daughters, Cindy Wenner of Alexandria, Terri (Steve) Eskra of Alexandria, and Judy Wenner of Kensington; grandchildren, Kallee Hanson, Sheanne (Ryan) Hediger, Dustin (Jamie) Branstner, MaKayla (Adam) Tvrdik, Brittney Muzik; great-grandchildren, Wyatt Tvrdik, Cash Branstner, Maverick Branstner; and sister, Dorothy Voda of Mankato.

Sonny was preceded in death by his parents, John and Marcella; brothers-in-law, Kenneth Olsen and Ed Voda.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 11 at 1 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Alexandria with the Reverends Geoffrey Gronewold and David Hinz officiating.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria;