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John William Tulkki

John William Tulkki, age 85, of Delano, passed away Feb. 5, 2003.

He was born May 14, 1917, in Middleville Township, Wright County, to John and Amalia (Kitti) Tulkki.

John attended Macalaster College and the Minneapolis Business College. He served in the United States Army from 1942 to 1945 in the European theater, attaining the rank of Master Sergeant in the 489th Ordinance Evacuation Company.

John worked for the Delano Granite Works for 36 years. He was active, serving on the Delano School Board, the Delano Power and Water Commission, and treasurer of the St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Delano for 20 years.

John was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his brothers Howard, Emil, and Daniel.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Dorothy (Rieder), children Janet and Paul Kosower, John and Jean Tulkki, Burton and Marcie Tulkki, Barry Tulkki and Margie Peterson, and Deanna and Hal Becker; and 14 grandchildren.

He is further survived by his brothers and sisters Raymond Tulkki, Walter Tulkki, Agnes Kosola, and Eva Johnson.

Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003, at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Delano, Rev. Jeff Hagaman officiated, with music provided by Paul Kosower as organist, Mark Kosower as cellist, Jee-Won Oh as pianist, and the congregation singing.

Pallbearers were John R. Tulkki, Burton Tulkki, Barry Tulkki, Hal Becker, Michael Tulkki, and David Becker.

Interment was in St. Paul's Cemetery in Delano.

Arrangements were made by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.

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