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Frank Paju

Funeral services were held for Frank Paju of New York Mills, Minnesota on Saturday, February 2, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at the Karvonen & Son Funeral Home in New York Mills, Minnesota, with Pastor Don Salo officiating. The pallbearers were Rochell...

Funeral services were held for Frank Paju of New York Mills, Minnesota on Saturday, February 2, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at the Karvonen & Son Funeral Home in New York Mills, Minnesota, with Pastor Don Salo officiating.   The pallbearers were Rochelle Maijala, Lester Kauppi, Harold Wohlert, Gary Muckala, Les Wohlert and Ken Maki.  Frank was laid to rest in Topelius Cemetery, New York Mills, Minnesota.

Frank Herbert Elias Paju was born on November 4, 1930 in Homestead Township, rural New York Mills, Minnesota.  His parents were the late Arvo and Ida (Kultala) Paju.  Frank attended school in District 179 in Homestead Township.  At the age of 18 he was drafted into the United States Army and served with the 40th Infantry Division in Korea.  Frank was point man in the ambush group of a three group company contact patrol, where he was seriously wounded during the battle of Pork Chop Hill.  Frank was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Star of Valor and a Purple Heart.  After his discharge he returned to the "Ranch" in rural Homestead Township.  He was an expert welder.  He repaired heavy equipment and other items.  Frank was well known for his customized welding expertise and served a wide variety of clientele.  Together with his brother, Willard, they did road construction and dragline work for Otter Tail County.  For over thirty years Frank's nieces and nephews enjoyed their "character building" summers at the "Ranch", where he lived.  He liked to share his knowledge of bee keeping and customized saw milling.  On January 27, 2008 Frank passed away at the V.A. Hospital in Fargo, North Dakota at 77 years of age.  He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.  Preceding Frank in death were his parents, Arvo and Ida Paju; brothers: Jim Paju and Willard Paju; brothers-in-law: Melvin Ollie; Kenneth "Hank" Johnson and Don Fowler; niece, Alice Ollie; nephew Zach Paju; and grand-niece, Mickayla Meech.

 Frank is survived by his sisters:  Mildred Ollie of New York Mills; Lillian Johnson of Maplewood; Delores  Fowler of Syracuse, New York; brother:  Russell (Judy) Paju of New York Mills; sister-in-law, Joyce Paju of New York Mills; nieces & nephews:  Ferlin (Judy) Paju; Cynthia Paju; Faron Paju; Wanda Paju; Andrea Leonard; Joe (Kim) Fowler; Kris Ryan; Amy (Jeff) McCuller; Corrine (Joel) Meech; Craig (Whitney) Paju; Marty (Megan) Paju; Rochelle (Lapene) Maijala; Bruce (Mary) Johnson; Zona (David) Quail; Nancy (Randy) Kaping; Paulette (Mark) Schumaker; Lynn (Jim) Wing; Beth (Dale) Roers; and Carol (Randy) Keskitalo ; many other relatives and a host of friends.

Arrangements were provided by the Karvonen & Son Funeral Home in New York Mills, Minnesota.

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