Gerald “Joe” Joel Hokkanen, age 49, of Dassel, died Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, in Shakopee.
He was born Feb. 16, 1967, at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, the son of Gerald and Kathleen (Wittenberg) Hokkanen. Joe grew up in the Minneapolis area, and graduated from Armstrong Senior High School in 1985.
In April of 1993, Joe was united in marriage to Jamie Lommen in Las Vegas, NV. The couple made their home in Bismarck, ND, Watertown, and Elmore, MN. They also owned USA Crafts, where they built and sold their own handmade crafts. Jamie passed away in 2003.
Joe was united in marriage to Charlotte Klein May 16, 2008, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Plymouth. They made their home in Dassel.
Gerald had many jobs over his lifetime. He had worked as a vehicle detailer and car deliveryman for several car dealerships, cook, and a handyman. Recently, Joe had been employed as a cook at Norm’s Wayside Bar and Grill. He had also been helping out many people doing handyman work in the New Hope area.
Joe enjoyed fishing, hunting, and playing cards. He was good with his hands, and had built many end tables, a corner cabinet, a statue shelf, a dog house, tire swings, and had made a 150-foot slippery slide on the back hill of their house. A jack of all trades, Joe could build anything.
He loved his family with his whole heart, and was always there for them, from a hug to a cup of coffee at work when it was needed. He was a wonderful husband and father and will be missed by his family and friends.
Joe is survived by his wife, Charlotte of Dassel; children, Lucas “Luke” Hokkanen of Belgrade, Alia Losoya of Maple Grove, Deanna Klein-Scott, Skye Hokkanen, Faith Hokkanen, all of Dassel, and Dakota Hokkanen; two grandchildren, Aiden Poshek and Kyson Hokkanen; his father, Gerald “Jerry” Hokkanen of Shakopee; and two sisters, Robin (Wally) Swanson of Waterville, MN, and Jodelle (Tony) Steinke of Elk River.
In addition to his first wife, Jamie, Joe was preceded in death by his mother, Kathleen; and a sister, Alicia Hackbarth.
A funeral service took place Saturday, Dec. 31 at 10:30 a.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel with Fr. Joe Steinbesser officiating. There was a one-hour visitation prior to the service at the funeral home.