Gary D. Laitinen, 67, previously of Zimmerman, died peacefully Friday, Nov. 18, 2011 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in St. Cloud.
He was born in Ely on March 20,1944, to Frank Loushin and Verna Lassila.
He attended Ely schools. On Sept. 25, 1965, he married Helen L. Prasnicki in Ely.
The funeral service will be Friday, Dec. 16 at New Life Church, 2045 100th Ave., Princeton at 11 a.m. with luncheon to follow. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers
Mr. Laitinen is survived by his children, Tim (Lynn) of Zimmerman, Chris of Elk River, Bill of Zimmerman, Steve of Anoka, and Nancy (Chris) McCormick of Princeton; 11 grandchildren; sisters, Darlene (Bill) Liapis of Britt, and Diane (Paul) Jiacik of Babbitt; a brother, Dale (Diane) Loushin of Duluth; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father.