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Carl Oscar Onkka

Carl Oscar Onkka, age 79, of Thief River Falls, died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2005, at his residence.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Dec. 21, 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Thief River Falls, with the Rev. Arlen Hermodson officiating. Music was by Ida Nordvall, organist; and Kimberlee (Onkka) O’Rourke and Jeff Linden, soloists.

Pallbearers were members of the VFW and American Legion. Honorary pallbearers were Carl’s grandchildren. Military honors were provided by American Legion Ecklund-Holmstrom Post 117 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2793, with interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.

Carl Oscar Onkka was born June 3, 1926, to William Edward and Esther (Matilla) Onkka in Cokato. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.

He attended Cokato schools and graduated from Cokato High School.

Carl entered the US Army Aug. 10, 1945, serving until Dec. 30, 1946 as a clerk-typist. He received the Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and Army of Occupation Medal for his service in Germany.

Carl married Ruth Virginia McKay June 23, 1951 at the Presbyterian church in Litchfield. The couple resided in Cokato until moving to Thief River Falls in 1960.

He became co-owner of the Family Bowl. Carl later was employed by the US Postal Service, retiring in 1986. In his spare time, he also laid carpet.

After their retirement Carl and Ruth enjoyed spending time at the American Legion and visiting with their friends, Pat Poole and Big Red.

Carl spent summer months at Springsteel Resort on Lake of the Woods with his family. He also enjoyed bowling, watching the grandkids play sports, watching sports on TV, and golfing. Carl and Ruth were very proud of their children and grandchildren.

Carl was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, the Eagles Club, American Legion and a lifelong member of VFW.

Survivors include his children, Michael (Debra) Onkka of Pleasant Hill, Mo., Steven Onkka of Aberdeen. S.D., Cheri (Ron) Pula of Bemidji, Jon (Susana) Onkka of Winona, and David (Cyndi) Onkka of Thief River Falls; grandchildren Justin Helgren, Adam Helgren, Amber Helgren, Aaron Onkka, Kimberlee (Onkka) O’Rourke, Chris Onkka, Kari Onkka, Samantha Pula, Scott Pula, Bryan Onkka, Kristen Onkka, Nicholas Torres, Richard McArthur, Timothy McArthur, Christina McArthur, Phillip Onkka, Nick Onkka, Carter Onkka and Jack Onkka; great-grandchildren Justin Michael Helgren, Vivica Mercedes Helgren and Esabel Alexis Helgren; two sisters, Joan (David) Peterson of Front Royal, Va., and Dorothy Reisinger of Woodbury; and nieces and nephews Jeff Peterson, John Peterson, Barb Youngquist, Maggie Tackman, and Bill Reisinger.

He was preceded in death by his wife Feb. 21, 2004; his parents; and a brother-in-law, Joe Reisinger.

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