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Peter R. Ruikka, 75

Peter R. Ruikka, age 75, of Ellsworth, passed away Thursday, August 13, 2009, at Red Wing Care Center. 

Peter was born July 5, 1934, in Biwabik, Minn., to Arnie and Helvie (Wilson) Ruikka.  Peter honorably served our country enlisting into the United States Navy.  Peter graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1972.  He was united in marriage to Sandra Christopherson on June 27, 1970, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Ellsworth.  Peter was known for his sense of humor; he loved to tell jokes.  He was an avid fisherman and especially enjoyed fishing for trout.  He also enjoyed partridge hunting and deer hunting.  Peter was always interested in people.  He will be sorely missed. 

Peter is survived by his loving wife, Sandra of Ellsworth; a daughter, Susan (William) Frank of Champlin, Minn.; and many extended family and friends.  He is preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service for Peter was held at 1 p.m. on Monday, August 17, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church with Rev. John Sutherland officiating.  Burial was in the church cemetery.  Family and friends were invited to call on Monday at the church from 11 a.m.until the time of the service.

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Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Ellsworth is assisting the family with arrangements.