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Lyle Daken

Lyle G. Daken, 75, of Kelliher, MN died Sunday, March 28, 2010 at North Country Regional Hospital in Bemidji.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 1, 2010 at Northern Point Community Church of the Nazarene in Kelliher with Rev. Ed Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Kelliher with full military honors provided by American Legion Post 470 of Kelliher. Arrangements were with Cease Family Funeral Home of Blackduck.

Active pallbearers will be Alan Krogseng, Karl Johnson, Dave Bergstrom, Greg Thayer, Gary Mostad and Bob Powell. Honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren.

He was born July 3, 1934 in Kelliher, Minnesota to Raymond and Hazel M. (Nowman) Daken. He attended school and graduated from Kelliher High School in 1953 and then attended two years of college in Minneapolis. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in January 1954 and served in Germany during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged with the rank of PFC in January 1956.

He worked as a firefighter in Fargo and worked as a carpenter in Georgetown, CA for a few years. He moved back to Kelliher in 1985 and has resided there since. He married Sammy Faure July 18, 1986 in Kelliher. He worked as a carpenter in Kelliher for many years, drove school bus for the Kelliher School District for six years, was a life member of the VFW, on the Shooks Town Board, a member of the Wisconsin Carpenter's Union and the NRA.

Lyle always had a keen interest and was active in politics. He enjoyed gardening and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Sammy Daken of Kelliher; two daughters, Stacy (John) Syversen of Long Lake and Carrie (Austin) Fisher of Rochester; a stepdaughter, Jody (John) Wizik of Nevis; a stepson, Tim (Penny) Strand of Blackduck; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Burl (Anna Mae) Daken of Kelliher and Edward (Ione) Daken of Grand Rapids and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Kim Daken; a brother, Ray Daken, Jr.; an infant sister and a stepson, Duane Faure.