Kris Djupedal, 36, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, from complications related to asthma.
He was born in Minneapolis on June 25, 1982.
Kris began his education at Deephaven Elementary School followed by TASIS in England and the Anglo American School of Moscow in Russia, where he graduated with an International Baccalaureate diploma. He continued his studies at Bates College and Strayer University, earning both a BA and an MBA.
Kris moved to Rochester in 2003. He initially worked for HyVee before entering a management program at Mayo Clinic in 2006. He loved his work at Mayo in all of the positions he held, first with Hematology, then Executive Health, the Institutional Review Board and, until his death, with Quality Management Services. He was actively engaged with NAMI Southeast Minnesota for many years, teaching classes and serving, over time, in every board office other than president. He was passionate about helping individuals and families struggling with mental illness.
Kris’ other loves included his beloved English bulldog, Sophia, friends, family, airplanes, travel, musicals, Christmas, European and Russian history and art.
Survivors include his parents, Eivind and Gwenn Djupedal of Santa Fe, N.M.; his sister, Jenny of St. Louis Park; his English bulldog, Sophia; his uncle and three cousins in Norway; his cousin in Colorado and many other family members and friends throughout the world.
For those of us who knew Kris, we will always remember his gentle smile and his infectious laughter.
A visitation and celebration of Kris’ life will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home in Rochester, with the Rev. Lester Horntvedt officiating. Dinner will follow the service. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 25 at Oakwood East Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to NAMI SE MN (https://namisemn.org).
Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com.