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Paul B. Sukke

June 6, 1946 - Jan. 19, 2008 DETRIOT LAKES -- Paul Bernard Sukke, 61, of Detroit Lakes died Saturday at Innovis Hospital in Fargo. The service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cem...

June 6, 1946 - Jan. 19, 2008

DETRIOT LAKES -- Paul Bernard Sukke, 61, of Detroit Lakes died Saturday at Innovis Hospital in Fargo.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes. Military Rites will be provided by John Bridges American Legion Post 15.

Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. today, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes and for one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the church. Arrangements are with The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes.

He was born June 6, 1946, in Benson to Wayne and Angeline (Sulier) Sukke. He was a 1964 graduate of Benson High School. In 1968, he graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, with a bachelor's of art degree in economics.

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He married Madalyn Conger in 1967 in Moorhead. He served in the United States Navy in 1968, where he was a naval aviator and flew P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. In 1974, they moved to Alexandria, where he was an insurance agent for First Bank Systems. In 1977, they moved to Willmar to establish an insurance agency with the First Bank in Willmar. In 1997, they moved to Detroit Lakes, where he was a manager of First National Insurance Agency. He purchased the agency in 1995 and changed the name to Sukke Insurance. The agency was sold in 2006 and he remained as manager until his retirement on Dec. 31.

He was a member of the Willmar Jaycees, where he earned the distinguished service award. He was also a member of the Willmar Chamber Of Commerce and Vinje Lutheran Church. In 1982, he organized and served as charter president of the Willmar Sartoma Club. He was in the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce, where he served as chairman of the board in 1995 and 1996. He served as chairman of the Governor's Fishing Opener in 2003 and was awarded the Chamber of Commerce Chairman's Award. He also served as chairman of the fund raising committee for the building of the new Chamber Of Commerce building in 2006. He served as chairman for the board of the West Central Initiative Fund. He was a member of First Lutheran Church, where he was president of the congregation from 1989 to 1990, and chairman of the call committee. He was a member of the Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary Club and was named the Rotarian of The Year in 1989. He was also a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.

He is survived by his wife; son: Erik of Cincinnati, Ohio; daughter: Allison (and Patrick) Daly of West Fargo, N.D.; his mother of Benson; brother: Robert (and Laurie) of Coon Rapids; sister: Linda (and Curt) Pargman of Benson.

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