Robert Henry Myllykangas, age 86, of Litchfield, died Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, at the Birchwood House in Hutchinson.
He was born Oct. 14, 1928, in Kingston Township, Meeker County, the son of David and Evelyn (Mansicka) Myllykangas. Robert grew up in the Kingston area, and attended district schooling for his education.
He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War, from 1951 until 1953.
Robert was united in marriage to Genevieve Bergquist at the Apostolic Lutheran Church in Kingston. They made their home in the Kingston area, before moving to Darwin, Hutchinson, and most recently, they resided in Litchfield for the past five years.
Robert farmed for several years before he hauled gravel and operated heavy machinery to build roads.
He collected watch fobs, and enjoyed deer hunting. Robert liked to travel to Arizona, where they wintered for five years. He was particularly proud of the many horse-drawn steel and wood-rimed wagons that he rebuilt over the years.
Robert will be missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his children, John Myllykangas of St. Cloud, Peggy (Steve) Johnson of Litchfield, and Richard (Tammy) Myllykangas of Hutchinson; 10 grandchildren, Shane Retzlaff, Jetta Myllykangas, Jacob Blake, Chad Blake, Bobby Blake, Stephanie Johnson, Joshua Johnson, Teri Vandesteeg, Tina Myllykangas, and Nathan Myllykangas; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and two brothers, James Myllykangas of Litchfield, and Charles Myllykangas of Hutchinson.
Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Genevieve; parents; sibling Gordon Myllykangas; and three sisters-in-law, Lillian Myllykangas, Vera Myllykangas, and Faye Myllykangas.
A memorial service took place Saturday, Sept. 19 at 11 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Litchfield, with the Rev. Keith Carlson officiating. Interment was at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls.
There was a time to gather with the family Friday, Sept. 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, which handled the arrangements.