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Richard Anton Kokkonen

Richard Anton Kokkonen

Richard "Koke" Anton Kokkonen, 92, of Cloquet, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Sunnyside Health Care Center in Cloquet.

He was born Jan. 10, 1922, in Knife Falls Township to Peter and Vivi Kokkonen. He graduated from Cloquet High School. Richard was a truck driver. He started with his own milk route and later drove for Quicke Transport, Hongisto, and Best Oil Company. Richard married Irene Hill DeMuth in the early 60's.

He was very knowledgeable about Cloquet's history. He was very intelligent and invented many things.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene; step-son, Paul DeMuth; and brothers, John, Kalervo, and Albert.

Richard is survived by one sister, Linda (Wayne) Anderson of Florida; step-son, Leonard DeMuth of Texas; and nieces and nephews.

Family graveside service.

Arrangements entrusted to Atkins Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th St., Cloquet. To sign the guest book and offer an online tribute, see