Richard Elias LatvalaRichard Elias Latvala, 89 a lifelong resident of Nashwauk passed away Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.
Richard Elias Latvala, 89 a lifelong resident of Nashwauk passed away Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.
He was born Nov. 13, 1924 in Nashwauk, the son of Charles W. and Lydia (Aho) Latvala.
He was a graduate of Nashwauk High School and the University of Minnesota. Richard married Violet Bjellos on June 14, 1952 in the First Presbyterian Church in Hibbing. He was involved in the family logging business for over 50 years; was the owner/manager of stadium lanes for five years; and was the owner and president of First National Bank of Keewatin from 1977 to 1987.
Richard was a lifelong member of the Nashwauk Lutheran Church, and had over 60 years of membership in the Masonic Fraternity which included the Nashwauk Masonic Lodge No. 331 AF&AM, the Scottish Rite Bodies of Hibbing and Duluth where he received the honorary 33rd Degree; the International Peace Garden Lodge, and Past Worthy Patron of the former Nashwauk Order of the Eastern Star Chapter. He was a lifetime member of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association, and a former member of the Hibbing Elks Lodge and the Keewatin Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge. Richard enjoyed fishing and hunting and embodied the meaning of "SISU".
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Violet in 2006; and siblings, Hans, Edwin, Herbert, Harvey, and Hazel Latvala.
Richard is survived by children, Susan (James) Greenup of Sun City Center, Fla., Lynn Lewis of Plymouth, Minn., Patricia (Ronald) Roonzani of Pengilly, Minn., Peter (Pamela) Latvala of Scottsdale, Ariz.; siblings, Helen Mitchell of Rochester, Minn., and Robert (Mary Jane) Latvala of Nashwauk, Minn.; grandchildren: Jacob (Breanna) Lewis, Miller (Amy) Latvala, Aaron Roonzani, Tamatha (Mark) Engholm, James (Judith) Greenup III; four great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Richard's family extends their appreciation for the care and friendship provided by Tammie Sumner.
MEMORIAL SERVICE: 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 in the Nashwauk Lutheran Church. Pastor Aaron Lofgren will officiate. A gathering time for family and friends will begin Saturday at 2 p.m. in the church. Memorials are preferred.
Family services provided by Anderson-Daniels, A Bauman Family Funeral Home in Hibbing. To share condolences online, please see: www.baumanfuneralhome.com