Dean C. Hakala
May 29, 1930-November 27, 2022
Dean Hakala age 92 of Keewatin, MN passed away Sunday, November 27, 2022 at his home. Dean was born May 29, 1930 to F.W. and Hazel (Anderson) Hakala in Brocket, ND. He was joined in marriage to Joanne Emanuel on May 26, 1951. Dean was a longtime resident of Keewatin. He attended Keewatin High School and following graduation attended Dunwoody College in Minneapolis. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Keewatin and owned and operated Hakala’s Body Shop Wrecker Service and Sales in Nashwauk from 1964 until his retirement. Cars were Deans passion, he enjoyed attending races in Hibbing, Grand Rapids and Proctor. Dean also enjoyed watching NASCAR. Dean went back to College at Bemidji State University where he received his teaching degree. He was an auto body and welding instructor at the Nashwauk-Keewatin High School for 17 years. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Joanne, children, Camille (Jeff) Perrella, Hibbing, MN, Craig (Melissa) Hakala, Keewatin, MN, Kathleen (Jeff) Hill, Nashwauk, MN, Lisa (Ron) Stocco, Keewatin, MN, siblings, Clare Post, Buffalo, MN, Corinne Koefod, Wayzata, MN, Bill (Vicky) Hakala, Stillwater, MN and 9 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 3 great-greatgrandchildren, who were his pride and joy. Dean was preceded in death by his parents, F.W. and Hazel. Memorial service will be held 11:00 am Saturday, December 3, 2022 at Dougherty Funeral Home in Hibbing. Visitation will be held from 10 am until the beginning of the service. Interment will be held at the Maple Hill Cemetery Columbarium.
Dean was a very kind, thoughtful man! He lived life to the fullest-
AND HE DID IT HIS WAY!
Dean’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Fairview Range Hospice for their kindness and professionalism.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Fairview Range hospice.