|1/22/2013 9:50:00 AM|
Jacob (Jack) A. Saari
Jacob (Jack) Adler Saari, 74, of Marcell, and long time former Annandale resident passed away peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Cox Medical Center, Springfield, Mo., after a long, courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis. His family was by his side.
He is survived by his wife, Muriel of nearly 50 years; and children, Andrea of Big Sky, Mont., Seth (Bobbi) of Hartville, Mo., and Thomas (Carla) of Corona, Calif.; sister, Judith Strolberg of Cokato; and four grandchildren.
Jack was preceeded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters, Bette, Arleen, Kenneth, and Bob.
Jack was born June 13, 1938, at home in rural Annandale to Henry and Hilda (Lily) Saari, the fifth of six children. He grew up on the family farm and was baptized and confirmed in the Finnish Apostolic Lutheran Church and attended Murback Country School rural Annandale. In seventh grade he moved to Minneapolis with his family where his father had obtained employment. He attended Lincoln Junior and North Senior High Schools. He also attended Dunwoody Institute and Minneapolis Vocational School, learning the machinist and tool and die trades. In 1959 he joined the Army and trained at Fort Lewis, Wash., and served a year in Korea. While serving stateside, he was a Rifle Marksman Specialist and was a member of the U.S. Army Rifle Team. He was discharged in 1961 with the rank of E4. He married Muriel Dahlman of Dassel, at Stockholm Lutheran Church, Cokato, on April 4, 1964. They were blessed with three children, Seth, Thomas, and Andrea and four grandchildren, Trevor, Jacob, Lucas, and Hannah Saari. Jack and Muriel lived in Minneapolis after their marriage and that same year moved to Annandale where they resided until 2002 when they moved to their farm near South Haven. In 2005 after retirement, they moved to their lake retreat on Turtle Lake near Marcell where they spent some enjoyable years. Jack worked for 24 years at Pako Corporation, Minneapolis, as a machinist and tool and die maker. In 1987 the company closed down and Jack opened his own machine shop at home and also farmed with his son, Seth. Jack was a kind man who loved his family. His favorite pastimes were fishing and hunting. He traveled to all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Korea, Japan, Sweden, Norway, and Finland, the birthplace of his grandparents.
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