Obituary: Robert Michael Kainu


June 12, 2020

Robert Michael Kainu, 81, of Cloquet passed away June 7, 2020, at the Solvay Hospice House in Duluth.

He was born to Robert and Rose Kainu in Cloquet. He graduated from Brookston High School in 1956 and started working for Northwest Paper in 1957, retiring in 2000 from Potlatch. He later worked for 18 years at Cloquet Transit. Bob married Julie Aronson in 1987.

Bob was an avid golfer and a member of the Black Bear Golf Course, where the "Bobbsey twins" played regularly.

Bob was preceded in death by his brother, John; brother-in-law, Ahti Kantonen; and two nephews, John and Brian Kainu.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Julie; sister, Aino Kantonen of Cloquet; half-brothers, Art (Jan) Maki of Saginaw and Howard (Nancy) Maki of Duluth; his mother-in-law, Doris Aronson of Duluth; brother-in-law, Steve Aronson of St. Cloud; and several nieces and nephews.

Per Bob's request, there will not be a service. Letters and cards of condolence may be sent to the family care of Atkins Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th St., Cloquet MN 55720.

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Pine Knot News, June 12, 2020


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