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October 2, 1935 – Friday, March 31, 2017

Service Information
Buffalo Presbyterian Church, Buffalo, MN
Saturday, April 8, 2017
10:00 AM

Visitation Information
Buffalo Presbyterian Church, Buffalo, MN
Saturday, April 8, 2017
9:00 – 10:00 AM

Marvin Joseph Sikkila, age 81 of Buffalo, passed away Friday, March 31, 2017. He was born October 2, 1935 in Kingston, Minnesota, the son of Hjalmer and Dagmar (Waataja) Sikkila.

Marvin graduated from Litchfield High School. He worked as a carpenter throughout his life, retiring from the Carpenter’s Union. Marvin was a member of the Marine Corps Air Reserve, Kingston American Legion Post 483 and their Funeral Honor Guard. He loved airplanes, firearms, hunting, fishing, traveling and time spent with his family. Marvin was a personal pilot and enjoyed flying in Minnesota.

Preceded in death by his parents, Hjalmer and Dagmar Sikkila; brothers, Clifford, Harry, Earl; sisters, Irene, Ethel, Ellen; first wife, Barbara Sikkila; second wife, Delores Libor Quast Sikkila; son, Matthew Sikkila; and grandson, David Sikkila.

He is survived by his children, Michael Sikkila of Annandale, Jodi Braun of Wadena, Mark Sikkila of Annandale; grandchildren, Paula (Matt) Salmela of Cold Spring, Joseph Sikkila of Cold Spring, Jill (Ron) Bantau of Elbow Lake, Joanna Braun of Fergus Falls, Julie Braun of Wadena; great-grandchildren, Jasper, Aria, Casey, Connor, Monica, Chase, Dominic, Kamryn; brother, Arnold Sikkila of Maple Grove; Delores’ children, Juanita Kerrigan -Marvin’s BINGO buddy; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Marvin’s name are preferred to a charity of donor’s choice.

Memorial service will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 10:00 AM, with visitation one hour prior, at Buffalo Presbyterian Church, 507 County Road 134 in Buffalo, with Pastor Sara Vanderpan officiating.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. 763-682-1363. www.thepetersonchapel.com

12 Guestbook Entries

  1. Juanita Kerrigan

    Marvin was my best friend as well as my Stepdad. He loved my mom and after her passing, shared his life and caring soul with me. He and I went cowboy shooting together, bingo every week and shared so many activities together. He was such an important part of my life and taught me too many things to mention. He was always there when I needed a friend. I want to honor him and his beautiful soul by carrying on his kindness to others as he did for me. My heart knows the loss of his passing and my prayers and support are for his family and all those who loved him. Heaven has our Marvin now, but he will live in my heart always. Sincerely, Juanita Kerrigan

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  2. Carol (Gueningsman) Harrahill

    My sincerest condolences to all families. He touched my life from afar by making my aunt and her family his. I may not have met him, but I bet I would have liked him.

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  3. Tina Schermerhorn

    Jodi and Family,
    I am sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

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  4. Vikki and Tim Donnay

    We’re so sorry for your loss. We won’t be back from Florida until the 10th. Your Dad and Mom were so special to me. Your Dad taught me how to drive.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love hugs kisses.
    Vikki and Tim Donnay

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  5. Steve Whittet

    So sorry to hear of Brown Dog’s accident & passing. He enjoyed cowboy action shooting & the long range matches. Great memories of seeing Brown Dog & Red Feather & later Red Rosebud at the shoots. Condolences from the Redwood Regulators.

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  6. James & Joy Kangas

    So sorry for your loss. Jim knew Marvie all his life – being cousins. We connected through Kington and Legion and through his brother Aunie and Lois. Marvie was quiet and always cordial and helped us out with the graves in both Kingston and French Lake while we were gone in Florida. Never said a bad word about anyone and greeted us warmly.

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  7. Cheri Ross

    Jodi, I am so sorry for your loss; know that my heart goes out to you and the girls. You are all in my thoughts and prayers as you travel through the days without your dad. Just remember he is always watching over you and you will have to be open to the signs that he is around you. Cheri

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  8. Lesley Barrie

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Kerry and Les Barrie

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  9. Dianna Ferrel

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at the loss of your father. Uncle Marvie was a very kind man. Always greeted you with a hello and a hug. He was our family historian and I enjoyed talking with Marvie about our family history. He will be missed greatly.

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  10. Mike Smith

    Marv was great to have at the long range events, always a story or a bit of helpful advice, he will be missed. Mike Smith (aka Jackson Dandy)

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  11. Paul Braun

    Jodi, Mark, Mike; I am sorry for your loss. I do have some memories swimming at their place in Annandale when I was young. Your dad was always so nice to everyone and always with a smile on his face! Again so sorry for your loss!

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  12. Debra Theis

    Dear Jody, Mike and Mark; I am so sorry to hear about your father. This is Debbie, Bernices daughter, your cousin. I would have come to the services but didn’t learn of the misfortune till the 10th. I will miss seeing your Dad at family events, he was always there to support other family members in time of need. Again, I am so sorry for your loss. He will be missed by many.

    Sincerely,
    Debbie
    (Kalinowski)

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