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October 22, 2018

2/6/2018 4:59:00 PM
K. Paul Raisanen, 92
Died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018

K. Paul Raisanen, 92, of Cokato passed away at his home on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018.

The funeral service was held at Wednesday, Jan. 31, at Cokato Laestadian Lutheran Church. Interment was at Cokato Finnish Cemetery.

Paul is survived by his children, Randall (Sheryle) of Scottsdale, Arizona, Joan Kotila of Cokato, Mary (George) Koivukangas of Cokato, Gordon (Ruth) of Cokato, Kenneth (Pearl) of Greenfield, Bruce (Patricia) of Cokato, Carolyn Mattila of Cokato, Heidi (Lawrence) Torola of Cokato, Warren (Brita) of Peoria, Arizona, Susan of Scottsdale, Arizona, Dwight of Annandale, Laura (Evan) Bekkala of Cokato, Gretchen (Mark) Plough of Snohomish, Washington, Kirsti (Nicholas) Lang of Lake Stevens, Washington and Philip of New Hope; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Dorothy Raisanen, George Kivisto, Gladys Kariniemi, Sylvia (Walter) Muhonen, Fred (Thelma) Halonen, Lorraine Hillukka, Virginia (Ernest) Lehtola, Connie Halonen, Raymond (Betty) Halonen, Lillian Ylitalo, Donald (Florence) Halonen, Martha Halonen, and Gerald Anderson.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred (in 2013); parents; sons-in law, Mervin Mattila and Mark Kotila; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; sisters, Martha (Robert) Cress and MaryAnn Kivisto; brother, Niilo; brothers and sisters-in-law, Carl (Eunice) Halonen, Judith Mattila, Paul Kariniemi, Paul Halonen, Edward Halonen, Paul Ylitalo, Douglas Halonen and Sharen Anderson.

K. Paul Raisanen was born July 15, 1925, in Cokato Township, the son of Nels and Mary (Juusola) Raisanen. Paul grew up on their family farm in West Albion. Paul graduated from Annandale High School in 1943. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1950 and served as a radio repair man during the Korean War. Paul was united in marriage to Millie Halonen on Sept. 15, 1953. They farmed in West Albion until they moved to Pioneer Lane Farm North of Cokato in 1957. There they dairy farmed until their retirement in 1990, after which they moved into town.





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