SOUTH HAVEN - Paul Hubert Kariniemi (Butch), of South Haven, Minn., died June 23, 2013, at 5:49 p.m. after reaching the age of 86 years, 7 months, and 29 days. His loving wife, Gladys, of 63 years, along with his children, were by his side as he took his last breath.
He was born at home in Fulton, Mich., on October 25, 1926. The doctor did not expect him to live through that first night, but the Heavenly Father granted him over 86 years on this earth before taking him to his Eternal Home.
Paul attended the Mohawk schools and graduated from Calumet High School in 1944. He served on the USS McCord with the U.S. Navy during WWII.
On July 1, 1950, he was united in marriage to Gladys Halonen.
After graduating from Michigan Technological University in 1951, he worked for Ford Motor Company in Detroit and then at 3M in St. Paul, Minn., as a Mechanical Engineer, retiring in 1988. Paul and Gladys thoroughly enjoyed retirement life on Lake Sylvia.
He was preceded in death by his parents; Nestor and Anna P. (Loukusa); brothers, Werner, Daniel E. (Helen Ruonavaara) and Albert U.; sister Hulda E. (Hermanson); grandsons, Jaegar P. Lee, Michael and David Kariniemi; great granddaughter; Briget L. Sorvala.
He is survived by wife Gladys E. (Halonen) of South Haven, Minn.; children, Deborah K. Landa of Delano Minn., Paul W. (Sandra Simonson) of Wayzata Minn., Robert C. (Eeva Salminen) of Plymouth, Minn., Stephen D. (Ann Keskey) of Phoenix Ariz., Judith S. Waaraniemi of Robbinsdale, Minn., Mark R. (Mirjami Vuorma) of Plymouth, Minn., Michael D. (Karen Keskey) of Corcoran, Minn., Donald A. (Carol Hillukka) of Rockford, Minn., Anita L. (Samuel Lee) of Maple Lake, Minn., Mary A. (Rodrick Sorvala) of Buffalo, Minn., Philip N. (Margaret Alajoki) of Corcoran, Minn., Karen R. (David Young) of Buffalo, Minn.; sister; Signe Nelson (Norman); 95 grandchildren, 109 great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and extended family.
Through faith, Paul attained his Heavenly goal.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. June 27, 2013, with a 7 p.m. prayer in the Cokato Laestadian Lutheran Church. Funeral is at 11 a.m. June 28, 2013. Visitation and funeral services will be in the Cokato Laestadian Lutheran Church.
Funeral arrangements will be handled by Swanson-Peterson of Cokato, Minn.