Where in the World is Wayne Konrardy?

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Where in the world is Wayne Konrardy? This month, he’s on the Dupaco website!

Wayne, a former Runde Chevrolet salesperson, is an avid world traveler. Seeing his smiling face on the Dupaco website recently made us wonder what he and his wife Mary have been up to!

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Wayne started at Runde Chevrolet in 1998 and retired in 2012.

As we guessed, they have been busy globetrotting since Wayne retired from Runde’s in 2012.

Here are just a few of the places he has been since he retired:

  • Washington D.C.
  • Memphis, TN
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Dominican Republic as a graduation                     gift to his grandson
  • Natchez Trace Parkway down to New Orleans
  • South Dakota Badlands
  • Custer’s Last Stand in Montana

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    Wayne and Mary will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in January.

  • Brentwood, TN
  • Ocala, FL
  • Los Cabos, Mexico
  • Italy
  • Louisville
  • Asheville, NC
  • Ireland
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Mountain Home, ID
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Seattle, WA

Mary writes down notes about each trip and the people they met there, so they can tell you in detail about their travels. But don’t call them vacations!

Where I proposed to Mary June 2016. When I was 18 only two things I thought were beautiful . This was one and she was the other. This is where I HAD planned to propose.

Where Wayne proposed to Mary in Idaho

“I don’t call them vacations,” Wayne said, laughing. “I used to get paid for vacations. I call them adventures!”

Of their recent adventures, their trip to Idaho meant a lot for both Wayne and Mary.

“I took my wife back to Idaho and I surprised her there,” Wayne said. “I never proposed to Mary. One of my friends had bought a ring to give to his girl and Mary wasn’t paying attention. He handed me the ring to hold on to and when I opened the box, she thought it was for her. She took the ring and put it on her finger. … I never told her until we were married probably 16 years.”

In May, Wayne surprised her with a proposal and  a renewal of their vows at the same place they were married in 1967, Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho.

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Wayne and Mary in 1966 looking at a wedding book. They got that one!

“She was so shocked when we renewed our vows,” Wayne said. “I can’t normally keep secrets. This is probably the only secret I’ve kept from her. By the time the priest got done with the renewal, she was crying like a baby.”

The couple will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in January while they are on a group trip to the Dominican Republic.

Of all his travels, Wayne most enjoyed a trip he and Mary took to Italy.

“It was probably the nicest place I’ve ever been as far as seeing the history and the Colesium and Venice,” Wayne said.

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Wayne and Mary in Arizona, Feb 2016

With all his travels and after 34 years in the car business, Wayne knows a LOT of people.

“We go to HyVee once a week, and I call it my social hour,” Wayne said. “Mary says if she is in a hurry, she doesn’t take me. I know everybody, it seems like.”

He said he misses the customers, but not the long hours.

“I still have breakfast with some customers,” he said. “And there’s always HyVee.”

So, what’s next for Wayne and Mary?

“I want to go back down to Texas,” Wayne said. “In 1965, I had basic training in Antonio, Texas and I’ve never been back. The temperature was in the 100s when I was there and I had a choice to go see the Alamo or go see a movie in an air conditioned room without drill sergeants. So I saw ‘Batman,’ I had ice cold pop and popcorn and it was great. So I’d like to go see the Alamo.”

Drive Back in Time with these Vintage Vehicles

We’ve had a lot of oldies but goodies rolling on to our lots lately! Check out these unique vehicles and if any of them interest you, call Runde PreDriven at 866-396-6832.

1968 Chevrolet C20 Reg Cab 3/4 Ton Longbox 2WD (#8J135852)01_8j135852

This local trade has a 4.1L V6 engine with a 4-speed manual transmission and 25,111 miles.

C20 models came equipped with a 127 in wheelbase with a 8 ft. cargo box

Standard features on these trucks included full-width seat with vinyl trim, deluxe air heater/defroster, backup lights, painted front bumper, 2-speed windshield wipers and directional signals.

It can be yours for $12,900!

See more photos here: http://tinyurl.com/hm8n6ng

01_0a1022511970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 Coupe (#0A102251)

This Chevelle has a 7.4L V8 engine, auto trans, air conditioning, AM/FM and cassette stereo, as well as a CD player. It has a vinyl top. The vehicle has 68K miles and is available for $36,500!

See more photos here: http://tinyurl.com/zuurzcc

1968 Ford F-250 Reg Cab 2WD (#BCC95874)01_BCC95874

This local trade has a 4.9L V6 engine, camper mirrors, a trailer hitch, air conditioning, split/front bench seats, and AM radio. It is $6,990.

See more photos here: http://tinyurl.com/h7s7l4v

01_7L1599201967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS Coupe (#7L159920)

This sharp Camaro is rear wheel drive and has a 5.7L V8 engine, auto trans, and just 3,490 miles. It is $39,729.

See more photos here: http://tinyurl.com/hx8zkos

1990 Ford F-250HD XLT Reg Cab 4WD (#LLA77299)

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This Ford truck has a 5.8L V8 engine and 5-speed manual transmission. It has running boards and a trailer hitch, as well as a fiberglass topper. Inside, you’ll find a split/front bench seat, air conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, and ABS brakes.

With 100,847 miles, it is $2,990.

See more photos here: http://tinyurl.com/zqw2rhp 

01_ml1807601991 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Convertible (#ML180760)

This local trade has a 5.0L V8 engine, 4-speed auto transmission, AM/FM cassette stereo, leather seats, and a vinyl top.

It also has cruise control, tilt wheel steering, a folding rear seat, foglamps, and air conditioning. With 69K miles, it is $13,949.

See more photos here: http://tinyurl.com/jcf5phm

A Celebration of The Beatles Returns to Music in the Gardens

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What: Ralph Kluseman’s Beatles Tribute, sponsored by Runde Auto Group

When: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14

Where: Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 3800 Arboretum Drive, Dubuque

Cost: No admission, free will offerings

Runde Auto Group is proud to once again sponsor the Ralph Kluseman Beatles tribute at Music in the Gardens!

The performance, set for 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14, is a celebration of The Beatles with a bit of storytelling mixed in. It includes local musicians Johnnie Walker, Mike Lieb, Denny Troy, Brian Marceau, Rick Hoffmann, and Ralph Kluseman.

Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. You can also bring a picnic or wine, and there will be food available for purchase from HyVee and ice cream to purchase from The Lions Club. Both give a percentage of their profits to the Arboretum.

In the case of rain, about 100 people can fit under the pavilion. The bands will play rain or shine.

“Even when the weather is hot, there is always a cool breeze and shade under the trees in front of the amphitheater,” said Sandi Helgerson, the executive director of the arboretum. “So far…we’ve never been rained out.  The bands always play rain or shine – no need to call – the band will be there.”

Other Music in the Gardens performances this year have included The Wundo Band, Hunter Fuerste’s American Vintage Orchestra, the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, Switchback, Bob Dorr & The Blue Band, and more!

Music in the Gardens has been around for more than 20 years. Average attendance this year has been 1,500 to 2,000 people per concert.

The Beatles Tribute is a popular concert every summer.

“It brings back fond memories from the past,” Sandi said. “They are able to get up and dance, singing along is encouraged … it’s a wonderful time.”

Sponsors make free admission possible, and Runde Auto Group is proud to sponsor Ralph Kluseman’s Beatles tribute at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14!

For more information on Music in the Gardens and a sample of each band, visit http://dubuquearboretum.net/special-events/music-in-the-gardens/

 

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