Staff Sgt. Lance Koenig


Army Staff Sgt. Lance J. Koenig

Gave his life serving his country September 22, 2004

Staff Sergeant Lance J. Koenig, age 33, of Fargo, ND, formerly of Carrington, ND, a member of the North Dakota National Guard 141st Engineer Combat Battalion, died Wednesday, September 22, 2004, near the northern Iraq city of Tikrit, as a result of a roadside bomb explosion.

Lance J. Koenig was born December 31, 1970, at Garrison, ND, the son of Robert and Lynnette (Lord) Koenig. As an infant, he moved with his family to Carrington, ND, where he was raised and attended school. Lance was a three-time ND State Wrestling Champion, and was undefeated his senior year. He was an All-State Linebacker in football in 1988-89. In 1989, Lance graduated from Carrington High School. He was the No. 1 NDSU (Fargo, ND) wrestling recruit in 1989, and went on to become a three-time All American Wrestler.

On December 26, 1992, Lance was united in marriage to Angela Ziemkowski at Carrington. They made their home in Fargo, and he was employed by Fabricators Supply.

Lance was a devoted husband and father. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. As part of his devotion to his daughter, he coached Alexandra's soccer team until the time of his deployment.
Lance was an avid player, be it playing cards, board games or wrestling with his daughters. He enjoyed attending various sporting events with his family, hunting with his friends, and could always find time for a game of golf.

He is survived by his wife, Angie of Fargo; two daughters, Alexandra (12) and Brooklynn (2), both at home in Fargo; his parents, Robert and Lynnette Koenig of Carrington; three brothers, Leland (Mary) of New Rockford, ND, Rev. Leslie (Julie) of Aberdeen, SD, and Lane of Carrington; one sister, Lori (Darrin) Arneson of Fargo; and his grandparents, Lyle and Bessie Lord of Frazee, MN; and nieces & nephews.

Lance was preceded in death by an infant sister, Lisa, and his grandparents, Ferdinand and Susan Koenig.

Funeral Services: 2:00 PM Thursday, Sept. 30, Trinity Lutheran Church, Carrington.

Sgt. Koenig's immigrant grandparents included:

Johannes Koenig and wife Karolina Widmaier, both of Alexanderhilf, Odessa, their son, Johannes and wife Eva Katharina Herrmann of Gueldendorf, Odessa; Daniel Koth of Kulm, Bessarabia, and wife Regina Baltzer of Plotzk, Bessarabia; and Gottfried Reiser of Kassel, Glueckstal Colonies, and wife Susanna Enzi of Freudental, Odessa.

Like many families that came to America in the 1880s they all settled at first in Hutchinson and Bon Homme Counties, SD and then in later years parts of each family moved to McLean County, ND.

Lance Koenig is a distant cousin of Dr. Karl Stumpp. Karl's great-grandfather was Johannes Koenig and first wife, Christine Luithle. Christine died shortly thereafter. Lance Koenig descended from that same Johannes Koenig and his second wife, Karolina Widmaier. Being Lance is a great-great-great-grandson of Johannes Koenig. Lance's relationship to Dr. Karl Stumpp is (half) second cousin twice removed. One could also figure out their relationship from a generation further back in the Koenig Family Line, as Dr. Karl Stumpp is related on his mother's side as well, but to figure both gets rather convoluted.

--- Information provided by Donn Koenig, uncle of Lance Koenig.

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