Martin Kotila, 83

Martin Kotila, age 83, of Cokato, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at St. Cloud Hospital.

He was born April 17, 1931, at home in rural Cokato, to Oscar and Hilma Kotila. Martin was raised on the family farm and attended country school at Temperance Corner.

He served his country in the US Army during the Korean Conflict in Japan.

Returning from the service, he was united in marriage to Joyce Arvola in 1960. This marriage was blessed with one child, Jodi.

Martin farmed until he began his career and hobby as a salesman, whether it was selling farm implements, vehicles, or brooms. His greatest love was spending time with his family.

Martin is survived by his wife of 54 years, Joyce; his daughter, Jodi (Jim) Danielson; grandchildren Katie (Brian) Larson of Cokato, Annika (Marcus) Johnson of Houghton, MI, Brett Danielson of Dickinson, ND, Chase (Cindy) Danielson of Dickinson, ND, and Courtney Danielson of Cokato; and seven great-grandchildren, Maggie, Riina, Brooklyn, Brock, and Ivy Larson, Clay Johnson, and Maverick Danielson.

He is further survived by his sister, Impie Olson of Cokato; and step-sisters Alice Schad of South Dakota, and Helen Maza of Oregon.

Martin was preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Annie Kotila; siblings Nels, George, Earl Kotila, Della Erickson, and Linnea Engstrom; and a step-brother, Tom Laurilla.

The funeral service took place Saturday, Oct. 25 at 11 a.m. at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church in Dassel.

Visitation was Friday, Oct. 24 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church.

Arrangements were handled by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cokato, www.swansonpeterson.com.

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