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2013-10-18 / Obituaries

Kenneth Oja

Kenneth Oja, 64, of Britt, died unexpectedly on October 3, 2013, after playing basketball. Services will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Range Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Friday, October 18, 2013 from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home and continuing one hour prior to the service on Saturday.  Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit

Kenneth Eino Oja was born in Virginia MN on July 9, 1949 to Arnold and Bertha (Jutila) Oja. He graduated from Martin Hughes High School in Buhl MN in 1967, Mesabi State Community College in Virginia MN in 1969 and the University of Minnesota with a degree in Mechanical engineering in 1972. Ken worked for many years in Texas, Louisiana and Florida as an engineer. He later worked as a letter carrier in Florida.

Ken had many and varied interests and excelled in academics, sports, woodworking and “fix-it” projects. He never forgot his friends or Finnish heritage. Ken was involved in the Knights of Kaleva in Virginia, Senior Center in Buhl and the Unitarian Church in Virginia. He enjoyed playing basketball and he played cards several times a week. Ken was a giving person, so much that he gave of himself through organ donation. He will be so deeply missed by many people.

He is survived by his: Brothers: Edwin (Paulette) Oja of Coon Rapids MN and Dale Oja of Glennallen AK; Sisters: Kathleen Stratton of Glennallen AK and Carol (Robert) Freeman of Duluth MN; Step-Sister: Joanne (Al) Johnson of Mountain Iron MN; Step-Brother: Matthew Scorich of Mountain Iron MN; Special Friend: Lorraine Erickson of Virginia MN; Former wife: Giannella “Gia” Oja and stepson Michael, both of Florida.

Ken is survived by many Finnish “sisu” cousins including the Rekonens, Muhonens, Taivals, Jutilas, and Braskis. He also had several nieces and nephews, who were very special to him.


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