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Arvo “Tex” Mikkanen

Arvo “Tex” Mikkanen, age 94, of Annandale, formerly of Dassel, died Monday, Aug. 25 at the Annandale Care Center.

The son of Gust and Hilda Mikkanen, Arvo served his country in World War II as an MP in Jamaica and Kellogg, Mich. After the war, he returned to help run the family farm until he moved to the Iron Range and worked in the mines.

He also worked for the railroad in Duluth on the docks. Arvo tried his hand at many jobs, including employment with Farm Machine Co., Control Data, and as a construction worker, before he retired in 1978, and moved to Big Swan Lake in Dassel.

He was the brother of the late Leo (Marie), Elma (Axel) Bakka, Elsie, Irene Upp, Eino, and Clem. His beloved wife of 28 years, Elnora (Randberg) Mikkanen, died in 1991.

Arvo leaves behind his sister, Violet Saksa and many nieces, nephews, numerous stepchildren, and many grandnieces and nephews, who will always remember the twinkle in his eye and his laughter.

Arvo’s joy was fishing at the end of his dock or with family in many of the area lakes. He especially loved the camper that he and Elnora would take up north to White Earth Lake.

He played baseball as a young man and became a life-long fan of the game. Above all else though, Arvo loved to be with his family and reminisce about the fun they had together. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

A memorial service took place Thursday, Aug. 28 at 2:30 p.m. at the Annandale Care Center with the Rev. Edward Groop officiating. A private interment will be at Our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery in French Lake at a later date.

Memorial arrangements were handled by the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.