Carl Melvin Salo, 90, died peacefully on Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at his daughter's home in Becker, MN, with his wife at his side.
Carl was born to Nels and Hattie (Aho) Salo on February 26, 1919 in Paddock Township, Ottertail County, MN. He was united in marriage to Lillian Saarela on May 31, 1941, at the Sebeka Apostolic Lutheran Church. Carl and Lillian farmed in Rockwood Township, Wadena County, MN from 1943-1973. Carl worked at CC Camp at Itasca in 1936-1937, and on the Iron Range at Coolage in 1953. From 1954-1964, Carl was a car salesman at Stuntebeck Ford in Wadena and from 1964-1974 he was the sales manager at Uselman's Chrysler in Wadena. In 1974, Carl and Lillian moved from their farm in Rockwood Township to their lake home at Oak Point on Rush Lake near New York Mills, MN. They spent their winters in Lake Worth, FL from 1973-2003. Carl was a lifelong member of Sebeka Apostolic Lutheran Church. His hobbies included hunting and fishing and he enjoyed traveling.
Carl is survived by Lillian Salo, his wife of 68 years, of Becker; daughter Patricia and her husband Dale Seavert of Becker; sisters, Edna Hietala of Florida and Lila Savela of Sebeka, MN; grandchildren and their families, Ryan and Jill Seavert and their children Austin and Eric of Becker, Staci and Mark Madetzke and their children Sydney and Makenna of Ankeny, IA and Kayla Seavert of Minnetonka, MN; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Ida Hietala, Esther Kimel and Inez Webb; and four brothers, Richard, Walter, Emil and Clifford.
Funeral Services were held Saturday, July 11, at the Sebeka Apostolic Lutheran Church in Sebeka with Pastor Art Skoog officiating. Marcella Ylitalo was the organist. Congregational hymns were "When My Life's Work is Ended," "Safe in the Arms of Jesus," and "There is a Land that is Fairer then Day." Honorary pallbearers were all of his friends and neighbors. Active casketbearers were his nieces and nephews. Interment was at the Sebeka West Cemetery. "Now the Cares of Day are Ended" was sung at the cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Wevley Funeral Home of Sebeka.