Alan Richard Alaspa
Alan Richard Alaspa
Alan Richard Alaspa, 67, of Cloquet, died unexpectedly but peacefully Wednesday, November 8, 2017 in his home. He was born February 3, 1950 in Cloquet, son of Toivo and Helen Alaspa. Alan was a 1968 graduate of Cloquet High School. He then went on to the American Institute of Watchmaking in Minneapolis and became a certified Watchmaker in 1973.
Al was a horologist, watchmaker, custom jeweler, and machinist. He started his career as one of two father and son teams in the Cloquet High School Vocational Training Program. Al worked under the direction of his father, Toivo Alaspa, at Alaspa Jewelers in Cloquet. He later purchased the store from his parents. Al was a loving father, grandfather and friend, he was always there to help someone in need. He dealt with life's difficulties through his faith, music, writing poetry, and singing. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, biking, golfing and spending time at the hunting shack with his family and friends. He had a passion for skiing and participated in the annual American Birkebeiner for several years. He was a member of Finlandia Beach Club and also a former member of the Eagles Club. He was also involved in the Boys and Girls Club, 700 Club and took part in a fundraiser for Cancer for Kids in honor of his daughter Kimberly.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Toivo and Helen and two brothers, Walter "Sonny" Alaspa and Harold "Butch" Alaspa.
Al is survived by his children Kimberly Ann Alaspa of Duluth, Alana Lee Alaspa of Cloquet and Casey (Misha) Alaspa of Cloquet and their mother, Debra Alaspa of Cloquet; grandchildren, Ashton Cayden Alaspa and Zaylee Anne Alaspa; granddogs, Gizzy Dolce Alaspa and Zsa Zsa Alaspa; brother, David Alaspa of Cloquet; sister, Delores (Jack) Crowley of Merrill, WI; girlfriend, Lori Alaspa; and many other family and friends.
Visitation will be from 5 - 7 p.m. Thursday November 16, 2017 at Journey Church, Cloquet. Visitation will continue Friday, November 17, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. until the 4:00 p.m. Memorial Service at Journey Church. The celebration of Alan's life will continue with dinner and drinks at The Northeastern. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Arrangements entrusted to Atkins-Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th Street, Cloquet. To leave an online tribute, see www.atkinsnorthlandfuneralhome.com