John David Koenig, age 60, of Wenham, Massachusetts, passed away January 26, 2015, in Massachusetts.
Graveside Service will be held Saturday, June 27, 2015, at 10:00 A.M. at Zion Evangelical Cemetery in Grafton Township, rural Buffalo Lake, Minnesota.
John David Koenig was born December 30, 1954, in St. Paul, Minnesota, the son of Alvin H. and Doris Koenig. He grew up in Golden Valley, Minnesota. His family remembers that before age five, John could name the model of every plane that flew overhead. His interests would later turn to cars, from his first job as a ‘car runner’ to racing at BIR, to owner of Top Gear Consulting in Massachusetts.
John’s interest in cars continued with a career in automotive publishing. He was a gifted and highly respected technical writer and editor. John had many friends and colleagues, both in Massachusetts and in Michigan. John was a gentleman who always listened. He was kind, loving, funny, and loyal. He was loved by his many friends and will be deeply missed. He believed that friendship required commitment, and dedicated much of his time to fostering close relationships. There were many circles of people: for trips to watch races in Indianapolis, Montreal, and around New England, for watching live music, and many friends closer to home. His taste in folk music and his generous and compassionate heart will be fondly remembered.
John is survived by his sisters and their families, Barbara (Gaylan, son Michael) Westhoff of Westby, Montana, and Nancy (Cliff, son Sam) Ahlgren of Buffalo, Minnesota, his step-mother Maizie Koenig of Hutchinson, Minnesota, and her son Ron Engen (children Seth, Adam, and Mallory) of Wisconsin, his aunt Ethel (Koenig) Demaree of Robbinsdale, Minnesota, and extended family and friends.