The central Minnesota town of Osakis is in mourning following the death of one its most beloved residents.
Kyle Imdieke, 45, was a teacher and coach at Osakis High School, his alma mater. He died unexpectedly in his home on Thursday, May 6, leaving behind three sons, his obituary says.
His passing comes about five years after his wife, Dayni, died from cancer.
As WCCO notes, a crowd of 300 to 400 showed up for an "impromptu" tribute at the school's football complex, where Imdieke's funeral was held on Thursday.
“Everybody was just giving each other hugs and crying,” Osakis High School football coach Bill Infangen told the station.
Now, one of Imdieke's former students has launched a GoFundMe aimed at helping his family get through this difficult time. It has a fundraising goal of $20,000.
The campaign's organizer, Blake Martinez, describes Imdieke as "an inspiration to many" who was "always willing to help others" and always had a smile on his face.
Maritnez calls on community members to step up for Imdieke's family, "just like he would have done for anyone of us."
According to his obituary, Imdieke was a native of Osakis and graduated from its high school in 1993, eventually ending up with a business degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead.
He later continued his education and completed a degree in special education at Bemidji State University, leading to a teaching job at Osakis High, where he was also an assistant coach for the boys' football and basketball teams.
His cause of death is not yet clear.