January 11, 1981 – Friday, March 18, 2016
Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo, MN
Friday, March 25, 2016
Buffalo High School-Buffalo, MN
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Durand Michael Onell, beloved son, brother, uncle, teacher and friend, age 35, died Friday, March 18, 2016, at the Buffalo Hospital in Buffalo, Minnesota.
Durand Michael, son of Diane Onell of Eden Valley, and Randy Onell of Litchfield, was born January 11, 1981 in Litchfield. He was baptized and confirmed at Ostmark Lutheran Church. He graduated from Litchfield High School in 1999 where he first honed his musical skills in choir and band. Music would become a lifelong passion. He attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, where he played his tuba in band, golfed on the golf team and studied Spanish. He earned his degree in Spanish Education following a study abroad experience at the Universidad de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain. He also traveled to
Costa Rica to both volunteer and pursue his passion for Spanish.
He impacted countless students and colleagues as a Spanish teacher, football, golf and knowledge bowl coach first at Rogers High School and most recently at Buffalo High School. He was first and foremost a positive mentor and role model, who established meaningful relationships with every student he encountered. He was as dedicated to his profession as a person could be, and he cared deeply for each and
every student. He served as a Fellowship of Christian Athletes huddle coach, and had a deep faith in God.
He lived his life as a genuine example to all, being continually described as a generous, compassionate, kind and caring lover of life. He accepted everyone, and never met an obstacle he couldn’t overcome with his positive attitude and infectious energy.
In his free time he loved playing his guitar as “Big D” for solo gigs, and as the frontman for Drop Tailgate. He played countless backyard gatherings, private parties, fundraisers, worship services, weddings and silly songs and lullabies for his nieces and nephews. He loved to play and teach the game of golf. Whether in a
boat or a deer stand, he was an outdoorsman who found peace in nature.
He is survived by his parents Durand O. “Randy” Onell of Litchfield and Diane Onell (Doug Ruhland) of Eden Valley; sisters Jennifer (Trent) Langemo of Mantorville and Amy Onell (Andy Twardy) of Litchfield; beloved nieces and nephews Kaia and Cael Langemo, Carly and Beau Twardy; grandmother Harriet Onell of Litchfield; many aunts, uncles, cousins and many other family members, as well as his numerous friends
that were family to him.
He was preceded in death by grandparents Theophil and Phyllis Kubes and Reuben Onell.
A visitation will be held at Buffalo High School from 4:00-8:00 PM on Thursday, March 24.
A celebration of life service will be at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo on Friday, March 25 at 11:00 AM with a visitation one hour prior.
Honorary Bearers will be Andrew Twardy, Trent Langemo, Jake Bohnsack, Grant Williams,
Josh Field, Ben Gustafson, Dan Ohlgren, Ryan LaPointe and Heath Nelson.