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George P. Kotila, 86

George Patrick Kotila, age 86, of Cokato Township, died Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at his home.

He was born July 23, 1923, on the farm in Cokato Township, to Oscar and Hilma (Kupso-Kutti) Kotila. George grew up there, and attended Temperance Corner School.

He married Doris Larson Feb. 24, 1945. They farmed together on the same place for their entire life.

George enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was good with woodcrafts, and could fix anything.

For many years, he served on the Midland Co-op board.

George is survived by his wife, Doris; sons Harlan (Robin), Gordon (Shannon), and Paul (Gloria); nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Martin (Joyce) Kotila; a sister Impie (Dean) Olson; sister-in-law Ardis Kotila; brother-in-law Edwin Erickson; all of Cokato; and stepsisters Alice Schad and Helen Kotila.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Hilma; sisters Linnea Engstrom, and Della Erickson; brothers Earl and Nels Kotila; stepmother Anna Kotila; and stepbrother Thomas Laurilla.

The funeral service took place Saturday, May 29 at 3 p.m. at the North Crow River Lutheran Church, rural Cokato, with the Revs. Michael Nelson and Truman Larson officiating. Music was provided by Harvey Peterson and Mary Rinden. Interment was in the church cemetery.

George’s grandsons and great-grandsons were his casket bearers.

Visitation was Friday, May 28 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato, and continued Saturday for one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.