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Obituary: Kevin L. Locke

Kevin L. Locke, 65, of Duluth died from cancer on Nov. 18, 2022. The son of Fred and Anna Marie (née Lemieux) Locke, Kevin was born Aug. 15, 1957, in Cass Lake.

Kevin was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Denise.

He graduated from Cloquet High School in 1975 and continued his education in Brainerd, where he earned an associate degree in auto parts and service management.

Kevin was a lifelong learner and teacher of Ojibwe history and tradition. He earned degrees in Indigenous leadership from Leech Lake Tribal College, and a degree in museum studies from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

He was a museum director at Leech Lake Reservation, worked at Conwed, and was a housekeeping supervisor at the Black Bear Casino hotel. He thoroughly enjoyed the powwow trail, playing the drum, singing and dancing; he especially excelled at and was well-known for his powwow dancing. Kevin was lighthearted, intelligent, humorous, and great at skating, swimming and hunting.

He is survived by his children, Tara, Cory, Corrin and Jackson; grandchildren, Tyler, Tre, Payton, Bella, Lucas and Major; and siblings Deborah of St. Paul and David of Tucson, Arizona.

Traditional Ojibwe services were held at the Onigum Center, Leech Lake Reservation.

Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home in Duluth.

Pine Knot News, Dec. 9, 2022

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