Visitation is Friday from 6-8 PM at Faith United. Then from 12 until the 1:00 service on Saturday at Faith United.
A plant was sent with the following on the card: The Kuoppala's Reino, Diane, A-J and families.
We were able to attend the funeral, along with hundreds of others. Faith United was PACKED! There were many floral arrangements, plants, etc. Some very fitting mailboxes filled with flowers. It was an open casket, all the children were there and many, if not all, grandchildren. One of the granddaughters read a letter "from all 21 grandchildren". I don't think there was a dry eye in the church. It talked about how the relationship with Grandpa wasn't based on words, but more on actions. Talked about how he was at all of their sporting/school events for all 21 grandchildren. (On a side note, a few weeks ago, he was at T-ball for his great grandchildren). Annie did a speach from the family. During the reading of the obit, it was made very clear that he scored the first touchdown in Cherry school history. This brought LOUD cheers. The church pastor, believes she needs to retire his chair for fear that no one will ever sit in his chair again. The grandsons were the Pall Bearers and the granddaughters were Honorary Pall Bearers. When exiting the granddaughter lined the aisle on both sides and then the grandsons carried out the casket. There was a full military honor at the church. (He wasn't being buried today). Also present was a Clinton fire department truck with the lights on to escort out of the church. Lot of food. I'm not sure how you plan for food for a whole community and a family of that size.At the fire hall, three firetrucks were left parked outside in a V formation and the flag was hung at half staff. A beautiful service that really emphasized many years of community involvement.
Thanks for posting about the funeral. If we had been in Minn. we certainly would have gone. Ron graduated with Ruth Kako. Mom
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