Warren Louis Vinz


February 5, 1933 - August 16, 2016


Warren Louis Vinz was born on February 5, 1933 at Spencer, SD to Henry and Freda (Meuler) Vinz. He grew up in the Spencer area where he attended school and farmed and ranched. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and trapping. Warren has always been an active member of the Trinity Lutheran Church.

Warren married Darleen Buchholz in 1951 to which three children were born, Cathleen, Douglas, and Lois.

In 1969 Warren married Lois Knizley. Three children were brought into this union, Betty, Dorlea, and Chris, and two children were born into it, Pam and Ruth.

He was united in marriage to Mary “Toots” M. (Mohnen) Koch on November 2, 2001. Nine more children were brought into this union, Douglas, Dori, Lynn, Robert (Bob), Janet, Lisa, Polly, Mary, and Marjie. Warren and Mary resided in Spencer, SD where they enjoyed gardening, fishing, playing cards and spending time with family and many friends. 

In September 2015, Warren began having many health issues. In January 2016 he entered the Covington Heights Nursing home in Sioux Falls where he resided until he was called to his heavenly home on August 16, 2016.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; sisters: Joyce Tellijohn of Mankato, MN, Linda Sieverding of Jefferson, SD, Betty Schoon of Spencer, SD, Celeste Mokros of Salem, SD; brothers: David Vinz of St. Paul, MN, Duane Vinz of Sioux Falls, SD and Bryan Vinz of Centennial, CO; and many children, step-children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.


Friday, August 19, 2016
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Trinity Lutheran Church
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
Spencer, South Dakota


Saturday, August 20, 2016
10:30 AM
Trinity Lutheran Church
Spencer, South Dakota


Spencer Cemetery
Spencer, South Dakota

Posted by Mark and Beth Martin on August 19, 2016
Uncle Warren had an infectious laugh and was fun to be around. He will be missed, but not forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family.
Posted by Dan Roesler on August 18, 2016
The first I remember Warren was him telling me about hunting dogs, trapping and a variety of hunting and wildlife stories that always had me wondering if he was pulling my leg or not. He and Dad (Paul) first met at the Pearl Country School House and were friends from then on. That school (still there) was about half way between the Vinz and Roesler farms.
Posted by Cindy Wilson on August 17, 2016
Uncle Warren was a real gem.
Posted by Dick and Carol Kunkel on August 17, 2016
Rest in Peace old friend. May Gods Blessings be with the family in the days ahead.
Posted by Ann Tilley Dubovich on August 17, 2016
I also have so many fond memories of Uncle Warren. Rest in peace dear uncle.
Posted by Sue Martin on August 17, 2016
I am out of town & will unfortunately not be able to attend the funeral. I have such happy memories of many hours spent with Warren and family and send my deepest sympathies to all the Vinz families.
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