Larry Dennis Takkunen, 72, of Cloquet passed away peacefully on April 7, 2018 after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Larry was born December 1, 1945 to Wilmer and Florence (Hautajarvi) Takkunen in Carlton, MN.
Larry grew up in Kettle River where he attended elementary school, graduating from Moose Lake High School in 1963. After graduation he attended Salter Vocational studying autobody, graduating in 1965. He worked for various shops and auto dealers for 37 years. In 1999 he attended Lake Superior College and graduated as a Certified Nursing Assistant, working for 2 years at the Benedictine Health Center. Larry enjoyed playing music, golfing, bowling and making projects from birch wood. He was a former youth coach for baseball, basketball and bowling.
He married his high school sweetheart, Diane Warloe, on September 24, 1966. They enjoyed traveling, camping, and spending time with their loving family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Leonard; sister, Dianne Mealer; and niece, Rebecca Takkunen.
Larry will be greatly missed by his wife of 51 years, Diane; children, Robert (Amy), Lance, Jason (Danielle), and his eight wonderful grandchildren, granddaughters, Hannali, Marissa, (David) Kohl, Alexandra (Abram) Isola, Andie, and Vivien; grandsons, Gavin, Wyatt, and Calvin; brothers, Lyle (Judy), and Curtis (Fiancée, Laura Newton); sister-in-law’s, Judy Takkunen, Debbie Seppanen, and Faye Radel; and a host of beautiful friends, relatives, brothers and sisters in faith.
Visitation: 5:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 12, 2018 at the Independent Apostolic Lutheran Church, 6273 Highway 2, Duluth. The visitation will continue from 12:00 noon until the 1:00 p.m. Funeral Service Friday, April 13, 2018 at the church. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
Please leave a memory of Larry or words of support for the family at www.bellbrothersfuneralhome.com