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Obituary: Rudy Sanfred Koski

Rudy Sanfred Koski, age 76, of Cloquet, Minnesota passed away on Thursday, April 4, 2024, at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton, Minnesota. He was born on September 25, 1947, to Sanfred and Linda (Laakso) Koski in Cloquet. Following his schooling in Brookston and Cloquet, Rudy entered the United States Air Force, Strategic Air Command, doing his part to protect our country during the Cold War. He spent his entire 39-year work career providing service to Caterpillar customers.

Rudy shared with his sons, grandsons, brother, Ronny and cousin, Denny Wiita, a life-long interest in stock car racing, hunting, and golfing, and was a huge fan of all Minnesota sports teams, as frustrating as that was. He enjoyed being outdoors and traveling with his family.

Rudy is survived by his wife, Evelyn; sons, Douglas (Vicky) and Donald; grandsons, Keith (Krista), Kody (Rilee), Matthew (Shaylee), and Lukas; five great-grandchildren; siblings, Evelyn (John) Campbell, Judy (Ben) Olson, and Ronald (Kay) Koski; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family members, whose love and support have been greatly appreciated. He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Harry Olaf; and siblings, Shirley (Bill) Campbell and Raymond (Karen) Koski.

Special thanks to St. Croix Hospice, the staff at Inter-Faith including Chaplain Jon Skansgaard, and Ray Hatinen.

Rudy’s family will honor his wishes to hold a private memorial at a later date. Nelson Funeral care has been entrusted with arrangements. To sign an online registry, please visit http://www.nelsonfuneralcare.net.