Herbert D. Hakes, 77

Published 11:09 am Thursday, November 17, 2011

Herbert D. Hakes, 77, of Spirit Lake near Aitkin died of Parkinson’s disease and Lewy Body Dementia on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin, Minn.

Herbert Hakes

He was born March 3, 1934 at Aitkin, the son of Kenneth and Merry (Welton) Hakes. He moved with his family at a young age to Springfield, Minn., where he grew up and attended schools graduating from the Springfield High School in 1952. He then went to college at Iowa State and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Dairy Industry in 1956. He married Shirley V. Bahn on Sept. 9, 1956, at Springfield. He went to work for the Carnation Company, and they made their home in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Their daughter Sue was born there. He then moved to Fairmont, Minn., and worked for the Nelson Ice Cream Company. While living in Fairmont, their son Bob was born. The Kemps Company bought out the Nelson Ice Cream Co., and in 1965 Herb was transferred to Winona, Minn., where son John was born. Later in 1965, Herbert transferred to Austin and worked there for Kemps from 1965 until 1990 when he was transferred to the Twin Cities, and they made their home in Plymouth, Minn. In 1996, they retired to Spirit Lake near Aitkin. They had been going to Spirit Lake since the early 1960s. Herbert had most recently been a resident at the Aicota Assisted Living Center. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin, served on church council, was a longtime choir member, was active in the Jaycees, Elks and Kiwanis Club. He was also involved in Boy Scouts and was a member of the Order of the Arrow.

He is survived by daughter and son in law, Sue Hakes and John Gorski of Grand Marais; sons and

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daughters in law, Bob and Gretchen Hakes of Minneapolis, John and Jennifer Hakes of Shoreview; four grandchildren, Meg, Chris, Ally, and Jake; four brothers and spouses, Kenneth (Shirley) Hakes of Aitkin, Richard (LeeVae) Hakes of Aitkin, William (Carla) Hakes of Aitkin, Jim (Barb) Hakes of Deerwood; nieces and nephews; special friends, Deb and Gary Clark of Aitkin.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley in 2007; father, Kenneth in 1991 and mother, Merry in 2008.

A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Dorothy Sand officiating. Interment will be at the Diamond Lake Cemetery. A gathering of family and friends will start at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the church and go until the time of service. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register, please go to www.srtfuneral.com.