Larry Harold Saukko
10/24/1948 - 11/12/2018
Larry Harold Saukko (70) of Duluth, formerly of Tower and Bemidji, passed away Monday, November 12, 2018 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth. Services will be held at United in Christ Church of Eveleth at 1:00 pm Saturday, November 17, with visitation 1 hour prior to the service. Pastor Art Dale will officiate. Arrangements by Range Funeral Home of Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com.
Larry was born in Virginia, MN, on October 24, 1948, to Oiva and Irene (Neimi) Saukko, the second of four children. He began a lifelong love of music and performing when he was named to the All State Orchestra in his junior and senior years of high school. He graduated as an honor student in 1966 from Eveleth High School. Larry attended UMD and graduated Cum Laude with degrees in German, French, and English. While in college, Larry signed on to work on the Great Lakes ore boats. He was assigned as second cook, and of course he had to go ashore at the first port and buy a cookbook.
Larry began his teaching career in Tower, MN. After 9 years, he purchased the Tower Hotel and Café and incorporated traditional Finnish dishes into the menu. In 1988, he began his career at the Concordia Language Institute at Turtle River Lake, Bemidji, as a Dean of Instruction in the German and Finnish villages and as the Dean of Salolampi.
Larry was an accomplished musician, playing the violin, button accordion, mandolin, and tuba. Larry traveled around the country to several Finnish Festivals and with a variety of groups, including Alexander’s Old Time Band, which he played with his father, and the American Pojat Brass Band. He was also in various community orchestras, usually as first chair.
In 2017, he sold his lake home and moved to Duluth and most recently resided at Marywood Assisted Living at the Benedictine Health Care Center.
Larry is survived by sister Leone (Millard) Kendrick and their children Chris (Kelly) Kendrick, Julie (Mike Koskovich) Kendrick; brother Richard (Jane) Saukko and their children Ben (Annie) Saukko, Lindsey (Edward Downs) Saukko, and Michael (Kelly) Saukko; sister Anni (Mike) Knutson and their daughter Beth (Paul) Giddings; and many great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.