Ernest “Ernie” Kuzyk, of Mora, died on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at the Elim Home in Milaca.  He was 89 years old.

He was born on Aug. 12, 1929, in Minneapolis to Onufrey “Bill” and Anna (Skywarek) Kuzyk.  He grew up in North Minneapolis, graduating from Patrick Henry High School in 1948 and then the Minneapolis School of Business in 1949.  

He was united in marriage to Donna Lee Miller on July 14, 1950; two children were born to this marriage.  They continued to live in the Robbinsdale and Plymouth areas until moving to Mora in 1992.  His working years were spent in the liquor store business, first as a bar owner and then co-owner of Franklin-Nicollet Liquors in Minneapolis.  

Summers were spent at their family cabin on Knife Lake where they eventually built a year round home.  Anyone would tell you what a sociable, “people-person” guy he was.  He loved meeting people and hearing their stories and would never forget a face.  He enjoyed winter vacations in Florida, duck hunting, golf, neighborhood gatherings at Knife Lake, his “Hardee’s coffee buddies” and more.  The times he loved the most were the times spent with family. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and will be missed by all who knew him and loved him. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Myron.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Donna; children Randi (Doug) Yankowiak of Mora and David (Julie) of Zimmerman; grandchildren Kelsey (Kim Carroll) and Ryan Yankowiak, Abby and Alex Kuzyk; great grandchildren Bennett Kuzyk-Rich and Benjamin Carroll.

A private graveside service was held on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at the Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.

Arrangements were handled by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora.  Condolences may be posted at


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