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Paul ‘Butch’ Kariniemi, 86

Paul Hubert (Butch) Kariniemi, age 86, of South Haven, died Sunday, June 23, 2013, with his loving wife, Gladys, of 63 years, by his side, along with his children.

He was born Oct. 25, 1926, at home in Fulton, MI. The doctor did not expect him to live through that first night, but the Heavenly Father granted him over 86 years on this earth before taking him to his Eternal Home.

Paul attended the Mohawk schools and graduated from Calumet High School in 1944.

He served on the USS McCord with the US Navy during World War II.

Paul was united in marriage to Gladys Halonen July 1, 1950.

After graduating from Michigan Technological University in 1951, he worked for Ford Motor Company in Detroit, MI; and then at 3M in St. Paul as a mechanical engineer, retiring in 1988.

Paul and Gladys thoroughly enjoyed retirement life on Lake Sylvia.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Nestor and Anna P. (Loukusa); brothers Werner, Daniel E. (Helen Ruonavaara), and Albert U.; sister Hulda E. (Otto) Hermanson; grandsons Jaegar P. Lee, and Michael and David Kariniemi; a great-granddaughter, Bridget L. Sorvala; and a brother-in-law, Norman Nelson.

He is survived by his wife, Gladys E. (Halonen) of South Haven; children; Deborah K. Landa of Delano, Paul W. (Sandra Simonson) of Wayzata, Robert C. (Eeva Salminen) of Plymouth, Stephen D. (Ann Keskey) of Phoenix, AZ, Judith S. Waaraniemi of Robbinsdale, Mark R. (Mirjami Vuorma) of Maple Grove, Michael D. (Karen Keskey) of Corcoran, Donald A. (Carol Hillukka) of Rockford, Anita L. (Samuel) Lee of Maple Lake, Mary A. (Rodrick) Sorvala of Buffalo, Philip N. (Margaret Alajoki) of Corcoran, and Karen R. (David) Young of Buffalo; a sister, Signe Nelson of Brighton, MI; sister-in-law Betty (Saarela) Kariniemi of Cooper City, MI; 95 grandchildren; 109 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Through faith, Paul attained his Heavenly goal.

The funeral took place Friday, June 28 at 11 a.m. at the Cokato Laestadian Lutheran Church

Visitation was Thursday, June 27 from 5 to 8 p.m., at the church, with a 7 p.m. service.

Funeral arrangements were handled by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato.