K. Paul Raisanen, 92

K. Paul Raisanen, 92, of Cokato, passed away Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, at his home.

He was born July 15, 1925, in Cokato Township, the son of Nels and Mary (Juusola) Raisanen. Paul grew up on the family farm in West Albion.

He graduated from Annandale High School in 1943.

Paul was drafted into the US Army in 1950, and served as a radio repairman during the Korean War.

He was united in marriage to Millie Halonen Sept. 15, 1953.

The couple farmed in West Albion, until they moved to Pioneer Lane Farm, north of Cokato, in 1957. There, they dairy farmed until their retirement in 1990, after which they moved into town.

Paul is survived by his children: Randall (Sheryle) of Scottsdale, AZ, Joan Kotila, Mary (George) Koivukangas, Gordon (Ruth), all of Cokato, Kenneth (Pearl) of Greenfield, Bruce (Patricia), Carolyn Mattila, Heidi (Lawrence) Torola, all of Cokato, Warren (Brita) of Peoria, AZ, Susan of Scottsdale, AZ, Dwight of Annandale, Laura (Evan) Bekkala of Cokato, Gretchen (Mark) Plough of Snohomish, WA, Kirsti (Nicholas) Lang of Lake Stevens, WA, and Philip of New Hope; and many grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

He is further survived by sisters and brothers-in-law Dorothy Raisanen, George Kivisto, Gladys Kariniemi, Sylvia (Walter) Muhonen, Fred (Thelma) Halonen, Lorraine Hillukka, Virginia (Ernest) Lehtola, Connie Halonen, Raymond (Betty) Halonen, Lillian Ylitalo, Donald (Florence) Halonen, Martha Halonen, and Gerald Anderson.

Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred (in 2013); parents; sons-in law Mervin Mattila and Mark Kotila; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters Martha (Robert) Cress and MaryAnn Kivisto; brother Niilo, and brothers and sisters-in-law Carl (Eunice) Halonen, Judith Mattila, Paul Kariniemi, Paul Halonen, Edward Halonen, Paul Ylitalo, Douglas Halonen, and Sharen Anderson.

The funeral service took place Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 11 a.m. at Cokato Laestadian Lutheran Church, followed by interment in the Cokato Finnish Cemetery.

There was visitation at the church Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m.; and continuing Wednesday, one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements were with Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Cokato; www.swansonpeterson.com.

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