An informal gathering of family and friends for Nicholas M. Dertinger, 39, of Chisholm, will be held on Thursday, March 31, 2022 from 5:00pm-7:00pm at Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Gilbert.
Nick died unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 in Gilbert, Minnesota.
Nick was born October 11, 1982 in Virginia, Minnesota to Chris and Connie (Dertinger) Skule. He was a graduate of Eveleth-Gilbert High School. On August 17, 2012 he married the love of his life, Carrie Karkinen. Nick traveled the country while working as an industrial cleaner, settling with his family in Florida, Ohio, and Indiana before eventually returning home to Minnesota. Working as a mechanic was his true passion, which led him to opening a small engine repair shop of his own and then working in various shops around the Range. Nick was known as one of the best mechanics in the area and could often be found working on the vehicles of family and friends in his home garage during his "time off."
Nick was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed camping with his family, fishing, hiking, going for bike rides, exploring nature, and spending time out at "the shack." Nick was an outgoing guy who would greet everyone he met with a big smile and a hearty handshake. He could strike up a conversation with anyone and instantly make them feel like an old friend. During the winter months, Nick was known to drive around town looking for anyone who might need a hand getting a car out of the ditch or cleaning snow from their driveways. Whether an old friend or a stranger - if someone needed help - Nick was there.
Nick loved his family above all else and never said goodbye without a hug and a "love you." He was a cherished husband, father, brother, and son and loved by all who knew him.
Survivors include his wife, Carrie; children: Danika, Morgan, Jaelee and Owen; mother, Connie (Rick Huntoon) Dertinger; grandmother, LaVonne Dertinger ("Grandma D"); his parents-in-law, Les and Mary Lou Karkinen; sister-in-law, Crystal (Jeremy Krancich) Karkinen; brother, Cole Huntoon; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his father, Chris Skule, and his grandfather.
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