William (Bill) Laakkonen, Sr.


Bill Laakkonen, age 84, passed away November 4, 2021, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, MN, with family by his side. 

Bill was born in Cook, MN, to William and Fanny Laakkonen. After moving to Hawthorne, WI, he met the love of his life, Bertha (Bea).

Bill & Bea were blessed with three wonderful sons: Robley (Rob), William Jr. (Bill), and Brian, while Bill worked as a Millwright/Superior Fiberboard, for  International Milling, and as a Boilermaker for the NTD Unit, traveling all over the western United States.

Bill was proceeded in death by his father and mother; brothers: James, Ronald, & Robert, and sister-in-law, Carolyn.

Bill is survived by his loving wife, Bea, of 58 years; his three sons: Rob (Deb), Bill  Jr. (Sharon) & Brian (Melinda); siblings-in-law (Glenda, Walt, Barb & Nancy), 13 grandchildren (Bethany, Brittany, Breanna, William III, Brayden, Jonathan, Josiah, Zach, Levi, Cody, Hannah, Ian & Arwen) & nine great-grandchildren: (Caden, Amariah, Madelyn, Elizabeth, Julianna, Emelyn, Bellamy, Demelza, and Mila.) 

A private gathering was held for immediate family, with a public celebration of Bill’s life to be held in 2022.