Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
George Saukkola of Kimball died Sunday, May 11, 2008, at his home. He was 81. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Apostolic Lutheran Church in Kingston with Pastors Orval Wirkkala and Sven Johansson officiating.
Interment will be in Apostolic Cemetery in Kingston. A visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. There will be a one hour visitation prior to the service on Thursday at the church. George "Joe" Arthur Saukkola, the son of Karl (Charles) and Hanna Effina (Matsen) Saukkola, was born June 14, 1926, in Kingston Township, Meeker County. He grew up and attended District No. 61 country school for his education. George received an honorary diploma with the class of 2001 at Kimball Area High School. George enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving from 1944-1946. He was stationed in the South Pacific during World War II as a paratrooper in the 11th Airborne Division George received a Bronze Star. On Jan. 20, 1945, George married Doris Holm in Little Rock, Ark. Together they had eight children, and made their home in the Kingston area. Doris preceded him in death July 26, 1988. On Oct. 21, 1989, George married Helen Koskiniemi at the Spruce Grove Apostolic Lutheran Church, Wolf Lake, and they lived in the Kingston area. George was an auctioneer for 55 years. He farmed from 1946-1978. He also did livestock trucking and sold cemetery monuments. George will be remembered for his sense of sense of humor and love of a good story or joke. He was a member of the Kingston Apostolic Lutheran Church, serving on the church board for many years. He was on the Kimball School Board for 18 years, and was a member of the Johnson-Kelly American Legion. He enjoyed fishing, threshing shows, and was an avid collector of antique cars and tractors. George and Helen enjoyed spending the past 13 winters in Texas. George is survived by wife Helen of Kimball; children, Susan (and JeRay) Buerkle of Ramsey, Ronald (and Darlene) Saukkola of Kimball, Carol (and Bruce) Selin of Snohomish, Wash., Deanna (and Lloyd) Scheeler of Kimball, Douglas (and Susan) Saukkola of Kingston, Rick Saukkola of St. Cloud, Shirley (and Jeff) Gilpatrick of Kimball; daughter-in-law Diana Saukkola of Grove City; grandchildren, Audra Hyatt, Kristina Sherer, Jason Saukkola, Blaine Saukkola, Amy DeWenter, Mathias Selin, Rebecca Selin, Kirsti Selin, Kaatri Selin, Margaret Selin, Levi Scheeler, Jacob Scheeler, Samuel Scheeler, Caleb Saukkola, Emily Aho, Isaac Saukkola, Kimberly Simmonds, Randy Saukkola, Jared Saukkola, Jonathan Gilpatrick, Erin Gilpatrick, Jenifer Gilpatrick and Erika Gilpatrick; 11 great-grandchildren; and sisters Mary Hokkanen of Kimball, Evelyn (and John) Dorn of Belle Plaine and Verna Dahnke of South Haven. George was preceded in death by his parents; first wife Doris; son Larry; granddaughter Kali Jo Gilpatrick; brothers John, Robert, Arthur and Carl; and sisters Mabel Saukkola, Eva Hokkanen, and Helen Whitacre.