Range Funeral Homes


Rainer Mikael Makirinne

01/31/1925 - 09/12/2020

Rainer Mikael Makirinne, 95, of Mt. Iron, passed away Saturday, September 12, 2020.

Rainer was born January 31, 1925 in Sysma, Finland, the son of Naimi (Hasala) and Johannes Makirinne. He was raised and went to school in Sysma. He was a Finnish war veteran serving from 1943 to 1945. In 1949, he immigrated to the United States. Rainer married Kirsti Sivula of Helsinki, Finland in 1954. They settled in Virginia where they raised their family and moved to Mt. Iron in 1984, living in one of the five houses he built in his spare time. He worked for the city of Virginia as a boiler operator and also worked for DM&IR as a locomotive engineer, retiring in 1989.

The family wishes to thank St. Mary’s Hospice-East Range Team for their exceptional services provided over the last three months of Rainer’s life.

Rainer is survived by his children, Irene (Larry) Salo of Virginia, Marianne (Gary) Setala of Andover and John of Duluth; grandchildren, Tiina Salo, Michael Salo, Ashley Setala and Timothy Setala.

Rainer was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Kirsti; and brother, Mauri.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. at Greenwood Cemetery in Virginia. Pastor Jeffrey Jones will officiate. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia.

2 thoughts on “Rainer Mikael Makirinne”

  1. Dale and Kendra Hansen & family says:

    We send you all our sincere love and sympathy.

  2. Leonard Sojka says:

    I worked on the DMIR and knew Rainer…He invited me to his home…I saw the fine craftsmanship ..He was a very talented man and very pleasant to be around..
    Sorry for your loss…

    Leonard Sojka

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Saturday 09/19/2020 at 11:00 AM
Greenwood Cemetery, 9th Street North, Virginia, MN, USA