Douglas D. Sonnee

Douglas D. Sonnee

  • Funeral Date: 11/19/16
  • Funeral Time: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Date of Birth: 2/27/51
  • Date of Death: 11/16/16
  • Funeral Location: Bierman Funeral Home

Douglas Sonnee, age 65, of Faribault, died Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at his home.

Doug was born February 27, 1951 in St. Paul, the son of Donald and Irene (Olmschenk) Sonnee. He graduated from St. Paul Johnson High School Class of 1969. He then attended Bemidji State University where he played college hockey and received his Bachelor’s Degree. Doug enlisted in the United States Air Force and served out of the Minot Air Force Base. He was united in marriage to Vicki Skluzacek. The couple made their home on Circle Lake near Faribault. Doug worked as an electrical engineer for Sheldahl and also owned and operated Sonnee Excavating.

He is survived by his wife Vicki of Faribault, daughters Heidi (Ron) Lemer of McIntosh, Jamie Skluzacek of Owatonna, son Josh (Brooke Gnerer) of Faribault, three granddaughters Calie, Courtney and Jaylin, his siblings Daryl (Dennise) of Isle, Dawn Sonnee (Dick Nigon) of Stillwater, Dean (Anne) of Stillwater, Deanna Weida of Minneapolis, and his mother Irene of Vadnais Heights. He was preceded in death by his father Donald.

A Celebration of Doug’s Life will be held Saturday, November 19 from 3 PM to 5 PM at Bierman Funeral Home, Northfield. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers.


  1. Todd Zehnder

    This is a very sad day. I’ve lost a great long-term friend and the best golf buddy ever. My God, I wish you would have showed for our Tee time Thursday. When I talked with Vicki and heard the terrible news, I finished the round alone but I knew you were there with me. I hammered a few drives just for you. Peace my friend.

  2. Krista Barsness

    I’m so sorry to hear about Doug. He was a great friend and will be missed.

  3. Sandy Keil

    This is such a shock. Doug was my nephew even though he was slightly older then me. I used to love telling that story. You will always have a place in my heart Doug and you will be greatly missed by many!! I love you!

  4. Karen Keeler

    Vicki I am so sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. I pray that you and your family will have the support of your friends and relatives and that God will bring you strength to make it through this very difficult time.

    Karen Keeler

  5. Robert Palmquist

    Very sorry to hear about the news — Doug was always a person that I enjoyed being around — be it out on the lake or at Boonies, he was always a great person to talk with and a friend to many of us.

  6. Lynn Lauderback

    Vicki – my deepest sympathies for you and the Family. I received a phone call from Joe Murray letting me know that Doug had passed away. I have so many great memories with Doug and the folks at Sheldahl. Going to a Twins baseball game with the team, to the huge town hall meeting and banquet for Supplier of the Year. Doug worked hard to meet TI’s needs and was truly a fantastic man. We even went to a Team USA and Team Canada Hockey game and Doug was so fantastic is explaining Hockey to this Texas Kid. I pray for you and that you will be given the strength through God to make it through this difficult time. (Bobby Fain, Paul Mauldin, and Augustine Ramos send their sympathy too.)
    Lynn Lauderback

  7. Dennis Keefer

    I miss my Circle Lake/Boonies best buddy Doug! Thanks for making me a better pool shooter, fisherman, golfer, and person. Doug, you were a wealth of knowledge and my go to guy for everything. A special thanks for teaching me to operate the skid loader (my “lifelong dream”)! I’ll never forget “The Project,” and all your patience with me. Whenever I get out of line I’ll always remember your subtle admonition, “E Z Grasshopper!” I’m really going to miss all the laughs and good times. BTW, Diane is happy to see you! So “while you’re up there,” and until I join you, please take good care of her. Love you!

  8. Raina Bergland

    Heidi and family, we are deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Thinking of you all during this very difficult time.

  9. Josh and family. Sorry to read this. Our prayers are with you in this time. Your Dad must have been a great guy based on the type of son he raised up.

    Thinking about you guys in these difficult days ahead.


    Your Spanish teacher,

    Sr Cade.

  10. Thor Hagberg

    I am stunned and deeply saddened. The world lost a great one today. I would always consider Doug a friend, but he was much, much more. A mentor, a guide, a teacher (to many more than just me). He always had a positive attitude, a smile and kind and great guidance and encouragement whenever we were together. He was a great “Do-er” in a world that likes to debate and get nothing done. Very few people have I respected to the degree I respect Doug Sonnee. He is the only one ever that called me “Thormaster” whenever he saw me and it made me feel very significant and important to him. He will be greatly missed. I offer all my strength and encouragement to the family in the same manner he would have done for me.