Walfred "Wally" Alvin Backlund

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  • Name: Walfred "Wally" Alvin Backlund
  • Location of Birth: Grand Rapids, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: April 10, 1928
  • Date of Death: February 13, 1981 (52 years old)
  • Parents: Alvin Backlund and Hilma (Maunula) Backlund
  • High School and Class: 1946 - Grand Rapids High School, Grand Rapids, Minnesota
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  • Branch: Navy
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  • Date Sworn In: January 9, 1946
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  • Date of Discharge: November 10, 1947
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    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Walfred worked for F & R Wholesale Grocers for 15 years and for Hanna Mining Company for 12 years. He retired in 1980 because of poor health.

    He married Edith Francis in Grand Rapids, Minnesota in September, 1951.

    He is survived by his wife, Edith, two stepsons, Terrence Chmel and Patrick Chmel; one stepdaughter, Christina (John) Weyh; one sister, Helen Leino; and his mother, Mrs. Hilma Halttuen.

    Buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot C-D-22-2-7)

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