Farming Rural 20

Lester Kauppi

November 7, 1936 ~ November 21, 2019 (age 83)

Obituary

Lester Joseph Kauppi was born on November 7, 1936 on the family farm in Homestead Township, rural New York Mills, Minnesota.  His parents were the late Joseph Erhart and Lillian Sophia (Holt) Kauppi.  Lester was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in New York Mills.  Lester graduated from New York Mills High School with the class of 1956.  Lester served honorably in the United States Army from November 20, 1956 to November 19, 1958. 

He was employed first at Lund Boats for five years before working for Fischer Construction in Apple Valley for eight years.  Lester was then employed with Melvin Putikka for 10 years from 1976-1986.  He became self-employed in 1987 where he worked as a grade operator for the Newton, Homestead, and Deer Creek Township before retiring in 1998.  Lester was a member of the Golden Valley American Legion since 1971.

On November 21, 2019, Lester passed away peacefully at the Mills Manor in New York Mills, Minnesota at 83 years of age.  Preceding Lester in death were his parents; sisters Norma, Lorna, and Karen; brother Clyde.

Lester is survived by other relatives and a host of friends.

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Services

Gathering of Family and Friends
Tuesday
November 26, 2019

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Karvonen Funeral Home
110 South Broadway
New York Mills, MN 56567

Memorial Service
Tuesday
November 26, 2019

1:00 PM
Karvonen Funeral Home
110 South Broadway
New York Mills, MN 56567

Interment Following Service
Tuesday
November 26, 2019

St. Peter's Cemetery ~ NYM
119 North Boardman
New York Mills, MN 56567

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