Frank ‘Richard’ Constenius, 85

Frank “Richard” Constenius, age 85, passed away suddenly Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, at the Hutchinson hospital.

He was born March 21, 1933, in Cokato Township, to Frank and Siama (Alapeteri) Constenius. The family moved to Floodwood, and Richard grew up there to age 13, when the family moved back to Cokato.

As a young man, Richard worked the harvest, and for several ranchers and farmers here and in the Dakotas.

He went on to work as a merchant seaman on the Great Lakes, first as a coal passer and then an oiler.

Richard entered service in the United States Army Oct. 15, 1954, where he served as a machine gunner in the 16th Infantry until his honorable discharge Oct. 12, 1956.

After service, Richard returned to his job as a merchant seaman until 1959. He then worked construction.

In 1961, Richard married Betty Johnson Kotila. He then took a job at the armory in Arden Hills. After a time, there, he drove truck, and also worked for Cokato Township until retirement.

Richard had many hobbies: snowmobiling, motorcycling, deer hunting, and fishing. He was an avid Viking fan, and enjoyed politics and working on cars.

Richard had a good sense of humor and loved pulling pranks. Most of all, he enjoyed his family and friends.

Richard is survived by his wife, Betty; step son Kenny (Joanne) Kotila; sons Brian (Carol) Constenius, and Garrett Constenius; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

He is further survived by a daughter-in-law, Carolyn Kotila; and siblings Helen Benson, and Carol Cannizzio.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Siama; step son Leslie Kotila; sister Janet; and brothers Roger and Rueben.

There was visitation and a time of gathering for friends and relatives Thursday Oct. 18 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Cokato Township Hall, with a brief memorial service at 4:30 p.m. Interment followed at the Cokato Finnish Cemetery at 5 p.m.

Arrangements were with Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Cokato.

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