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Wayne Salem

Wayne Salem, 49, of Butterfield died Sept. 26, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Rochester.
Funeral services were Oct. 2 at Peace Lutheran Church in North Mankato with the Rev. Timothy Hartwig officiating.
Casket bearers were Sam Koenecke, Mike Anderson, Pete Gilbertson, Kris Nelson, Mark Kulseth and Brad Sandberg.
Northview North Mankato Mortuary handled the funeral arrangements.
Wayne Richard Salem was born Aug. 31, 1970, to Joseph and Margaret (Wynn) Salem in Heron Lake. He graduated from Butterfield-Odin High School in 1988.
In 2015, he married Jessica Borchardt in North Mankato and soon after were blessed with a little girl, Callie.
Wayne was a passionate waterfowl hunter, who turned his passion into a career as a regional sales representative for Banded.
In his free time, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He enjoyed hunting with his “brothers,” fishing with Jes and watching his daughters grow. He also was creative when it came to working in his yard, woodworking, cooking or making fishing lures and duck hunting lanyards.
He enjoyed being inventive and making anything work better. His latest accomplishment was designing a new demo decoy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Margaret and Joseph Salem; and a brother, Michael Salem.
Survivors include his wife, Jes, of North Mankato; daughters, Callie and Carson; sisters, Rita (Todd) Koenecke of Pierre, S.D.; Barbara Salem of Butterfield; and Doris (Paul) Kratochvil of Pueblo, Colo.; his mother- and father-in-law, Gail and Daryl Borchardt of Prior Lake; and a brother-in-law, Michael Borchardt.