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David J Hakala

May 19, 1946 — December 22, 2018

Memorial service for David John Hakala, 72, of Markham, will be 10:30am Friday, December 28, 2018 at the Palo Congregational Church with Rev. Jerry Kosanovich officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.  Inurnment will be in the Markham Cemetery in Colvin Township.  Arrangements by Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Aurora.


David passed away Saturday, December 22, 2018 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth.


He was born May 19, 1946 in Duluth, MN to John and Lorna (Maki) Hakala. He was a 1964 graduate of Aurora-Hoyt Lakes High School and later attended Eveleth Jr. College.  He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Minnesota, School of Forestry in 1968.  Following his education, he worked as a forester in Wisconsin.


On June 10, 1969 he married Sheila Ochis in Tomahawk, Wisconsin. In 1978 they settled in Markham where he resided until his death.  David worked as a forester for Erie Mining Company and later for St. Louis County as a Road Crew Engineer and Surveyor.  He retired in 2008.


David was an active member of Palo Congregational Church and was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing.


Survivors include his wife, Sheila; sons: Christian (Laura) Hakala of Northfield and Aaron (Christine) Hakala of Markham; grandchildren: Aila, Milena, Milo and Benjamin; sister, Shirley (Larry) Peak of Duluth; five nieces and nephews.


He is preceded in death by his parents.

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Friday, December 28, 2018

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

Palo Congregational Church

5530 Loop 36, Aurora, MN 55705

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