Funeral services were held for Calvin Muckala of New York Mills on Saturday, February 23, at 11:00 a.m. at the Apostolic Lutheran Church in New York Mills, with Pastor Andy Tumberg officiating. The hymns were sung by the congregation, accompanied by Janet Tumberg. The pallbearers were Kurt LaPoint, Dennis Johnson, Patty Jokela, Ed Berry, Ron Berry and Paul Tweed. The honorary pallbearers were Jeff Frost, Jeff Rimpila, Jack Virnala, Scott Dau, Daryl Hunter and Bert Hanson. Military honors were provided by Charles D. Center V.F.W. Post #3289 of New York Mills and Minnesota Army National Guard, Honor Guard of Moorhead. Calvin was laid to rest in Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls, Minn.
Calvin Wayne Richard Muckala was born on October 7, 1925 in Newton Township, Otter Tail County. His parents were the late John and Minnie (Petery) Muckala. Calvin grew up on the family farm in Newtown Township, rural New York Mills. He served in the United States Army. On December 23, 1956 Calvin was united in marriage to Pearl Ilene Berry. Their marriage was blessed with a son, Richard. Calvin and Pearl continued running the family farm in Newton Township. Calvin enjoyed visiting with family and friends. He also enjoyed politics. Calvin has resided in the Elders' Home in New York Mills since 2010. On February 16, 2013 Calvin passed away at the Elders' Home at 87 years of age. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Preceding Calvin in death were his parents; brothers: William Muckala, Ernest (Elsie) Muckala; Milton Muckala; sisters: Lillian (John) Aillie, Edna (Joe) Shirilla, Mary (Elmer) Johnson, Marcella (Chris) Tweed.
Calvin is survived by his wife, Pearl Muckala of New York Mills; son, Richard (Karen) Muckala of New York Mills; grandchildren: Kelly & Katy; sisters-in-law: Priscilla Muckala of Roswell, New Mexico and Beatrice Muckala of New York Mills; other relatives and a host of friends.
Arrangements were provided by the Karvonen and Son Funeral Home of New York Mills. Online tributes may be posted at www.karvonenfuneralhome.com.