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Daniel E. Burnikel

August 1, 1963 ~ November 12, 2018 (age 55)

Daniel Edward Burnikel, 55, of Winona, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home in the arms of his wife and surrounded by family on Monday, November 12, 2018.

Daniel was born August 1, 1963, in Cresco, IA to Edward and Geraldine (Weber) Burnikel.  He graduated from Crestwood High School/Cresco in 1982 and from Iowa Central Community College/Fort Dodge in 1984.  In Cresco, on June 21, 1986, he married Jayne Elizabeth Ollendick, whom he met in 8th grade.   They moved to Winona, from Fairmont, MN in December 1993 where Dan worked for Benchmark Electronics for 25 years as a Technical Project Manager.   Previous to his years at Benchmark, Dan worked at Telex in Blue Earth, MN.   He was a member of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.

Daniel enjoyed biking area trails with his family and friends. He spent many hours watching his children play high school and collegiate sports. He was an avid college sports fan/Go Hawkeyes.   He loved to spend his summers fishing and recreational boating.  His dog, Jersey, was his constant companion on land and water.  He and his family have incredible craftsmanship and their ingenuity is remarkable, most recently shown at his daughter’s wedding. 

He is survived by his wife Jayne; daughter Alexis (Ron) White, Greensburg, PA; son Owen, Milwaukee, WI; his mother Geraldine Burnikel, Lime Springs, IA; two sisters:  Debbie (Mike) Tompkins and Deann (Don) Leeps; father and mother-in-law, Ron and Suzanne Ollendick, brothers and sister-in-law: Jon (Tammie) Ollendick; Joe (Tracy) Ollendick; Jill (Dan) Jirak; nieces and nephews, Boe, Mason, Corbin, Jessica, Jacob; Zeb, Zoe, Jared, Josh, Jace, Will; and many other relatives. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Edward John Burnikel on June 21, 2018. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, November 17, 2018, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona, MN, with Rev. Mark McNea officiating.  Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery, Cresco, IA.

Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the church on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial is being arranged.

Services entrusted to Fawcett Junker Funeral Home and Crematory, Winona, MN and Fountain City, WI.   Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at

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