Gary Kaasa – Pioneer of Bemidji


Gary Joe Kaasa, 62, of Puposky, MN, died 2/22/22 at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo following a brief illness. He went peacefully with his children by his side.

A cemetery memorial service is scheduled for the spring at the Alaska Township Cemetery.

Gary was born in Bemidji, MN on July 25, 1959, to Arlak and Helen (Sweney) Kaasa. He graduated from Bemidji High School in 1978. He spent a few years off in Montana, often with some of his brothers. He returned to the family farm in Puposky to milk the cows and work the fields until 2007, when he “retired” and switched to beef cattle and haymaking. Gary was an active member of the Alaska Township Fire Department for many years. He liked to hunt, to fish and especially to bullshit and have a drink with anyone. He liked to work and was a “fixer” of anything that could fit in his store or park in front. He was known to be generous, ready to help anyone, an animal lover, confident, honest, sincere and humble. He led a simple and happy life.

Gary is survived by his children, Cheryl “Cheri” (Jesse) Greenwaldt of Bertha and Eric (Kati) Koch of Circle Pines; grandchildren, Callie and Connor Greenwaldt, and Colton and Gemma Koch; older siblings, Sid Kaasa of Montana, Ginger (Steven) Johnson, Arlen “Pete” (Cindy) Kaasa; younger siblings Gordon (Donna “Doon”) Kaasa, Ivan (Pam) Kaasa, all of Puposky; 12 nephews and nieces.

He was chased into death by his parents and his little sister, Kathy. And Spook, his beloved black lab who ruined him for all the other dogs.

The honorary bearers are his friends and neighbors and he is guided in his final steps by the late Uncle Art.


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