Milton Lloyd “Bud” Rokala, age 80, of Litchfield, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, at the Ecumen Emmanuel Home in Litchfield.
He was born Jan. 15, 1935, in Kingston, the son of Levi and Ina (Hasti) Rokala.
Milton graduated from Dassel High School in 1953.
He entered the Army and served on the same base in Germany as Elvis Presley.
When he was discharged from the Army, Milton lived and worked in Montana for a time before moving to Minneapolis.
He was united in marriage to Lucy Pemberton in Cokato. Milton and Lucy moved to Minneapolis, where they lived for a few years, before returning to Kingston.
In 2009, Milton was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and moved to Litchfield in 2011.
Bud was a jack-of-all-trades, who enjoyed fixing and tinkering. Throughout his life, he repaired adding machines, built silos, was a welder, and worked in manufacturing, but his heart was in farming and agriculture.
He was a simple man with a great sense of humor who was content with what he had. Bud loved spending time with his family, children, and grandchildren. He also enjoyed reading, gardening, wood carving, and visiting.
Bud is survived by his wife, Lucy, of Litchfield; children Andrew Rokala of Wichita, KS, Eric (Shelly) Rokala of Buffalo, and Jenny Lundin of Litchfield; grandchildren Jack Rokala, Nicholas Lundin, Tia Lundin, Tessa Lundin and Katey Urdahl; brothers and sisters John (Maxine) Rokala of Kingston, Mary Ann Harkman of Cokato, Audrey (Ronald) Peterson of Arizona, Carl (Beverly) Rokala of Dassel, and Margaret (Curt) Mattila of Brainerd; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Ruth Janckila; and brother-in-law Harlan Harkman.
A memorial service took place Saturday, Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Litchfield, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Military honors were provided by the Litchfield Military Honor Guard.
Arrangements were handled by Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home in Litchfield. Online guestbook is available at www.johnsonhagglund.com.