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Friends mourn Wyoming men killed in Saturday plane crash near Thief River Falls

Kenneth R. Hietala

Kenneth R. Hietala

Kenneth Roy Hietala, age 76, resident of Michigan, ND, died Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Sanford Health Palliative Care in Fargo, ND.

Ken was born March 9, 1941, the son of Roy & Lillian (Karna) Hietala in Brocket, ND. He was raised on a farm at Pelto. Ken was baptized and confirmed at Finnish Evangelical Lutheran National Church of Brocket. He attended grade school at Enterprise School and graduated from Lakota High School in 1959. Ken served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Mannheim, Germany. He married Lois Wilkison on July 2, 1966 at Fairview, Montana. Ken worked elevator construction, was a policeman, owned a service station, and began farming in 1973. He and Lois farmed until 2011. They moved to Michigan in 1975 and operated a construction company until Ken's death.

Ken will be deeply missed by his wife of 50 years, Lois; 2 daughters, Stanna (Hietala) Flom and her children, Tanner and Taylin of Harwood, ND and Michaela & her husband Kevin Misialek and their children, BreAnna and Kendra of Adams, ND; 2 sisters, Marlys Elvick of Lakota, ND and Beverly & her husband Bob Walford of Bismarck, ND; 1 niece and 6 nephews.

Ken is preceded in death by his parents; and a special granddaughter, Kelsey Mae Misialek.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Enterprise Finnish Cemetery, PO Box 204 Brocket, ND, 58321.

The Funeral Service for Ken will be held at the Michigan Lutheran Church, Michigan, ND, on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at the Enterprise Finnish Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the Aaker Funeral Home of Lakota on Friday, beginning at 5:00 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.

The Aaker Funeral Home of Lakota, North Dakota

online at www.iversonkassianfuneralservices.com

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