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Rev. David P. Keippela

October 30, 1947 ~ December 11, 2018 (age 71)

Rev. David Paul Keippela, age 71, of Wyoming, Minnesota passed away on December 11, 2018.  Dave was born in Hancock, Michigan on October 30, 1947.  He graduated from Doelle High School in Tapiola, Michigan.  He met and fell in love with his wife, Barbara.  To this union they were blessed with two sons, Jason (Joy) and their two children, Noah and Hope; and Jeremy.  Before being called to the ministry in 1985, he was a math and science special education teacher in Wrenshall, Minnesota.  Pastor Dave proudly served the Lord at Sunnyside Lutheran Church in Stacy, Minnesota for over 25 years.  As an avid outdoorsman he felt most at home behind a rod and reel always referring to the outdoors as "God's country". His pride and joy were his grandchildren Noah and Hope always bringing them continuous joy and laughter and precious memories from riding the 4-wheeler to building snow forts and teaching them about what it means to truly love Jesus. He was an incredible father to his boys Jason and Jeremy, father in law to Joy, Grandfather to Noah and Hope, and husband to his wife Barbara of 50 years. Dave's memories will live on through the hands and hearts of all the lives he has touched over the years. 

Pastor Dave was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Svea (Kyro) Keippela; sisters-in-law, Pat Keippela, Rita Keippela; nephew, Michael Keippela.  He is survived by his wife; children; grandchildren; siblings, Donald, Robert, Shirley (Roy) Tapio, Carol (Donald) Petrelius; twin sister, Doris (Carl) Grussendorf, Donna (Kevin) Ruohonen; numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family. 

Celebration of Life will be held at 12:00 p.m., Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Sunnyside Lutheran Church, 22745 Typo Creek Drive NE, Stacy, MN 55079.  Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m., until the time of service at the church.  Interment at Linwood Cemetery, Linwood Township, Minnesota. 

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family and directed to Mattson Funeral Home, 343 N. Shore Drive, Forest Lake, MN 55025. 

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