Edward "Eddie" Eugene Daken

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  • Name: Edward "Eddie" Eugene Daken
  • Location of Birth: Kelliher, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: July 3, 1934
  • Date of Death: June 24, 2016 (81 years old)
  • Parents: Raymond, Sr. and Hazel Daken
  • High School and Class: 1953 - Kelliher School, Kelliher, Minnesota
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  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: 1955
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  • Date of Discharge: 1957
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    In 1955, Eddie enlisted in the United States Army serving in Germany until his honorable discharge in 1957.

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    Eddie had a twin brother, Lyle.

    Eddie married his first true love, Ione Carlson, of Saum, Minnesota (Beltrami County) on November 18, 1955 and they were married until her passing in August, 2012.

    From early on he loved mechanic work. One of the best things that happened was when his Dad bought a tractor. No more hayburners (horses). Older brothers Ray, Jr. and Burl cemented that love working on cars, tractors, etc. He repaired snowmobiles and set up all the new Scorpion sleds for L & M Supply and for many years enjoyed buying, fixing and/or restoring, then selling vintage and antique tractors. He worked on all makes but "if it ain't red leave it in the shed," he loved Farmalls the best. He worked for many different people doing mechanic work, operating equipment and driving truck. In the 1960s, Eddie ran a concrete crew building taconite plants on the Iron Range, but the job he loved the most was driving lowboy for Rajala Construction out of Cohasset, Minnesota hauling heavy equipment. He retired in 1999.

    His entire life he loved old time and country western music, and loved to dance. He genuinely loved people and after he retired, you could find him at the coffee shop most mornings.

    He was blessed to have met the second love of his life in August, 2013, Judy Mattfield of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Judy filled his life with pure joy and he was truly a happy man.

    Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Ione; three brothers, Ray, Jr., Burl, and Lyle; and a sister-in-law, Audrey.

    He is survived by his "unlicensed" bride as he would say, Judy Mattfield; his three children, Collette (Dick) Leonhardt, Kirt (Corinne) Daken, Cathy (Gary) LaFave; three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

    Eddie passed away at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota.

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