Frank Jacob Korpi
06/28/1938 - 10/13/2021
Frank J. Korpi, 83, went home to be with the Lord on October 13, 2021. He was born June 28, 1938 in Soudan, Minnesota, the only child of Gust “Gibby” Korpi and Sylvia (Makela) Korpi. Frank graduated from Soudan High School in 1956 and Ely JC in 1958. Frank served in the US Army from 1959 to 1965 serving in both stateside and overseas posts. He was a devoted lifelong supporter of military veterans and volunteered much of his time to greeting veterans on honor flights. His abiding love and devotion to military veterans was a hallmark of his life and a legacy he passed down to the generations he fathered.
Frank married his soulmate, Eunice Harju, in 1962 and they remained together for the rest of Frank’s life. They had nine children: Tim Korpi of Soudan, Minn; Scott Korpi (Sherry) of Land O Lakes, Fla; Rhonda McConnell of Tampa, Fla; Douglas Korpi of Mt. Iron, Minn; Amy Curfman (Kevin) of Palo, Minn; Melanie Korpi of St. Petersburg, Fla; Lyle Korpi (Rosemie) of Lutz, Fla; Alan Korpi (Barbara) of Jupiter, Fla and Ryan Korpi of Mt. Iron, Minn all of whom survive. He has 8 grandchildren: David Tedman (Harmony), Steven Solkela, Kirsten McConnell, Nicholas Korpi, Noah Korpi, Nolan Korpi, Audrey Curfman and Zach Curfman and two great grandchildren: John Tedman and Ellie Curfman.
He was a devoted grandpa and loved to hear about all of his kids and grandkids achievements. He took great delight in both large and small achievements and somehow a recognition of each accomplishment inevitably made its way to the achiever. He was an exceptional role model and always generous with his time, no one ever left his presence feeling slighted. To him, strangers were just friends in waiting and friends were family. He never hesitated to extend assistance to any stranger in need. His greatest passion was for family for which he left an enduring legacy. The unconditional and abiding love he had for his offspring stands as a generational challenge to all of his descendants to do likewise.
Frank was an avid outdoorsman. Being his father’s son, he was always at home deep in the woods. He shared this love with his sons and daughters on lakes and on rivers, on glaciers and on beaches, on paved and on dirt roads. He never left home without his compass, no matter how urban his travels. He helped his father and mother build a cabin on Ely Island on Lake Vermilion in the 1940’s and it remained his favorite place to engage with all of his family and friends throughout his entire life. While he was never rich in material things, he certainly lived an abundant life. His final resting place will forever be Soudan and Ely Island.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends.
A celebration of Frank’s life is being planned for the spring or summer of 2022. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations in Frank’s name to the Honor Flight Network at honorflight.org. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Frank is invited to post or comment on; https://padlet.com/RememberingFrank/2021
Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia.