It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of AlDee "Big Al" Konopnicki, 74, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, at Box Butte General Hospital.
He was born on Oct. 9, 1944, in Afton, Wyo., to Albert and Marguerite (Gardner) Konopnicki. He lived in Sunset, Utah, for many of his years of his younger life. That's where he started playing ball (which he loved) as a young man at Utah State.
In 1973 AlDee hired on with Burlington Northern Railroad in Edgemont, S. D.
On March 1, 1980, he married Stephanie Madsen in Edgemont. They moved to Alliance in 1981. He continued work with the railroad until his retirement in 2005 after 33 years of service.
Working for the Railroad is where he met many people whom he called his friends. He would have done anything for any of them.
He always had such a love for basketball that it led him to help with the basketball programs in Alliance. AlDee was an assistant to Coach Wallace with boys’ basketball in Alliance Middle School, and Alliance High School. He also was head coach for Community Ed.
He had the heart of a lion, and had an unimaginable love for his kids and grandkids, with whom he helped his daughters raise not only as their Papa, but as a dad.
He left behind his wife with whom he loved dearly; children Michael Konopnicki of Boulder, CO, Melissa (Jeffrey) Goss, Alexa (Joe) Minich, Vanessa (Jeffery) Nepper, Jessica (Phillip) Caudell and Nicholas Konopnicki all of Alliance; 13 grandchildren, an expected great-grandchild, and his sister, LeaRea Belnap of Buffalo, N.Y..
His parents, daughter Tangela, and grandson Darren preceded him in death.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Bates-Gould Chapel. Inurnment will be in the Alliance Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent in care of the family to 703 Big Horn Avenue, Alliance for a later memorial designation.
Online condolences may be left at www.batesgould.com.