Memorial services were held March 8, 2008 at the Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee, Gregg Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee at a later date. Online condolences may be sent to www.greenwoodfuneral.com.
Gary was born Feb. 19, 1941 in Greenville to Ronald and Alice (Carlson) Sonksen. He attended school in Cherokee. While in Cherokee, he owned and operated a bar "The Other Side of the Tracks." He later moved to Peterson where he operated the "Wagon Wheel." In 1961 he married Dorothy Schnabel. He later married Sabra Jansen in 1976. Gary loved to bowl, play cards, and watch sporting events. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Randy Lee Sonksen (4/26/1963).
He is survived by his wife, Sabra; a daughter, Rhonda Ernster, and her husband, Theron, of Saint Anthony, Minn.; sons, Kevin Sonksen, and his wife, Tammy, of Aurelia; Jeff Sonksen, and his wife, Debbie, of Columbia Heights, Minn.; a daughter, Moni Hurd, and her husband, Bob, of Milford; a son, Mike Sonksen, of Mankato, Minn.; daughters, Melissa "Missy" Graham, and her husband, Troy, of Monroe; Lora VanRyswyk, and her husband, Steve, of Monroe; a step-son, David Jensen, of Monroe; 16 grandchildren, Jeremy and Erin, Eric and Emily, Sean, Dylan, Logan, Taylor, and Kip, Dalton and Trinity, Joshua, Elisha, Janelle and Alec, and D.J.; a brother, Roger Sonksen, and his wife, Dawn, of Larrabee.