Paul Luther Keskitalo was born on May 3, 1965 in Wadena, Minnesota to Emil and Sylvia (Tumberg) Keskitalo. He graduated from the New York Mills High School with the class of 1983. Paul resided in Minneapolis for a short time with his aunt and uncle. Returning home, Paul had various jobs in New York Mills and Perham, the latest being a machine operator at Barrel of Fun.
Paul and Dean have been together for 28 years and on June 18, 2010 were united in marriage in Sioux City, Iowa. Together they have made their home in Perham, Minnesota. On March 10, 2018 Paul passed away at home with the care of Red River Valley Hospice at 52 years of age. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Paul is preceded in death by his parents, Emil and Sylvia Keskitalo; sisters: Carol Christenson and Joanne Cichy; brother, Steve Keskitalo; brother-in-law, Ferlin Paju; and nephew, Jamie Christenson.
Paul enjoyed gardening, and watching Minnesota sports teams: Twins, Timberwolves, Wild, Vikings and Gophers. He especially loved listening to music and spending time with family.
Paul is Survived by his husband, Dean Peichel of Perham, Minnesota. Sisters: Mary (William) Handt of New York Mills; Rosalie (Ronald) Cichy of New York Mills; Judy Paju of Perham; Linda (Chet) Robben of Grand Lake, Colorado; Janeen (Doug) Weller of New York Mills and Geraldine (Jeff) Obenchain of Wadena; Brothers: Ronald Keskitalo of Fulton, Texas; Randy (Carol) Keskitalo of New York Mills; brothers-in-law: Bruce Christenson of Golden, Colorado and Rick Cichy of Jenkins; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and a host of friends.
Pallbearers: Beau Paju, Seth Keskitalo, Scott Kestitalo, Jeramie Weller, Chad Weller, Chris Keskitalo, and Cory Keskitalo.
Honorary Pallbearers: Mary Handt, Ron Keskitalo, Rosalie Cichy, Judy Paju, Linda Robben, Randy Keskitalo, Janeen Weller and Geraldine Obenchain.