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Obituary: Armas John Laine


December 3, 2021

Armas John Laine, 87, of Wyoming, Minnesota, formerly of Cloquet, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, in his home. He was born Oct. 21, 1934, in Grand Rapids to John and Mary Ellen (Pajuola) Laine. Armas served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957. On April 26, 1961, he married Shirley Heittola.

Armas worked at Duluth Dock and Transport for six years. He also worked at Lundin Construction as a truck driver, crusher and heavy equipment operator until his retirement.

Armas enjoyed playing the guitar and organ, as well as writing poetry.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Ellen and John; wife, Shirley; stepfather, Eino Sander; and his sister Sonja Keiski.

Armas is survived by his children, Sam (Teri) Laine of Hamilton, Montana, Keith (Carole) Laine of Cromwell, and Cindy (Dean) Schumacher of East Bethel; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and sister Shirley Johnson.

A celebration of Armas's life will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Atkins Northland Funeral Home in Cloquet.

Pine Knot News, Dec. 3, 2021


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