Richard "Dickie" Louis Huhta
Richard 'Dickie' Louis Huhta
Richard "Dickie" Louis Huhta, 73, of Cromwell, Minn., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, in Villa Vista Care Center, Cromwell. He was born March 9, 1940, in Palisade, Minn., to Jack and Dora (Johnson) Huhta. Dick graduated from Cromwell High School in 1958 and went on to Itasca Junior College, studying forestry and graduating in 1960. Dick is a veteran of the U.S. Army. He worked at Camden State Park in southern Minnesota for a short time before moving to Alaska, where he lived for 10 years, to rebuild roads and buildings after the Great Alaskan Earthquake. Dick returned home to the Cromwell area and was united in marriage to Elaine Hamre on June 19, 1971, in Wright, Minn. Dick was employed by Ulland Brothers Construction of Duluth until 1976. He then worked at Cromwell-Wright School as head of maintenance until retiring in 1993 due to health reasons. Dick was on many committees in Cromwell and the surrounding area, including Evergreen PAC Club, Cromwell Y.O.T., Cromwell City Council for 12 years and mayor of Cromwell for 21 years. Dick was a member of the Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed snowmobiling, fishing, deer hunting at the Mic-Mac Camp near Lawler, Minn., and especially beaver trapping for the state.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents; stepson, Kevin; and brother-in-law, Henry Ruotsalainen.
Dick is survived by his loving wife, Elaine Huhta of Cromwell; daughter-in-law, Sherrie Hamre of Brooklyn Center, Minn.; grandchildren, Stephanie (James) Bowen, Greg (Katy Cox) Hamre and Joseph Hamre; great-grandchild, James Kevin Bowen; two brothers, Jack Huhta of Gilbert, Minn., and Jim (Janie) Huhta of Cromwell; two sisters, Marlene Ruotsalainen of Hoyt Lakes, Minn., and Karen (Jorge) Marinoni of Miami, Fla.; nieces and nephews; and many friends.
Visitation was held Monday, Dec. 16, from 4-7 p.m. with a Masonic Service at 4 p.m. in the Cromwell Pavilion and continued Tuesday, Dec. 17, from 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m. service in Bethany Lutheran Church, Cromwell. Military honors were provided by Moose Lake American Legion Post 379, followed by a luncheon at the church. Spring Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Moose Lake, Minn.
Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.
Arrangements are with Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake. To sign the guest book online, go to: www.hhkfuneralhome.com.
December 19, 2013 ~ Pine Journal, Cloquet, Minn.