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Craig Dalaska

Craig Edward Dalaska, 60, of Clearwater, Minn., passed away Dec. 24, 2009, in South Haven, Minn.

He was born Jan. 24, 1949, in New Prague, Minn., the son of Edward A. and Verna J. Lamont Dalaska. Craig honorably served his country in the military. He served in Korea helping to deliver supplies during the Vietnam War.

He was a longtime truck driver for Bjorklund Trucking in Buffalo, Minn., and an owner operator of his own semi. Craig enjoyed golfing, pheasant hunting and fishing.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 31, at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Buffalo, with the Rev. James Disney officiating. Casket bearers were John Nagel, Randy Nordling, Paul Molzahn, Les Lemieux, William Bell and Dan DeWitte. The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family.

Survivors include his former wife and loving companion of 36 years, Ruth Hemphill of Wadena; a daughter, Jody A. (Monte) Grossinger of Wadena; a son, Eric J. Dalaska and Kris D. (Michael) Strzyzewski of Maple Lake; grandchildren, Amber L. Shively, Devin M. Lowers, Drake J. Strzyzewski, Alyxis K. Strzyzewski, Jessica M. Grossinger and Grant J. Grossinger; a great-grandchild, Justin R. Funk; a sister, Marsha (William) Stoltzman of Plymouth; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Verna Dalaska.