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Paul Sukke

June 6, 1946-Jan. 19, 2008

Paul B. Sukke, 61, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, January 19, 2008 at Innovis Hospital in Fargo.

Paul Bernard Sukke was born to Wayne and Angeline (Sulier) Sukke on June 6, 1946 in Benson, Minn. He was a 1964 graduate of Benson High School, where he was active in music and sports. In 1968, Paul graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. He married Madalyn Conger in 1967 in Moorhead. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1968 ,and served as a naval aviator, flying P-3 Orions in the Far East during the Viet Nam War.

In 1974, Paul and Madalyn moved to Alexandria, where Paul was an insurance agent for First Bank Systems. In 1977, they moved to Willmar to establish an insurance agency with First Bank Willmar. Paul was active with the Willmar Jaycees, earning the Distinguished Service Award. He was also active with the Willmar Chamber Of Commerce and Vinje Lutheran Church. In 1982 he organized and served as charter president of the Willmar Sartoma Club.

In 1997, the family moved to Detroit Lakes, where Paul became manager of First National Insurance Agency. He purchased the agency in 1995 and changed the name to Sukke Insurance. The agency was sold in 2006, and Paul remained as manager until his retirement on Dec. 31, 2007.

Paul was dedicated to his family and community service. He was active in the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce, serving as chairman of the board in 1995 and 1996. He served as chairman of the Governor's Fishing Opener in 2003, and was awarded the Chamber of Commerce Chairman's Award. He also served as chairman of the fund raising committee for the building of the new Chamber of Commerce Building in 2006.

Paul joined the board of the West Central Initiative Fund and had served as board chairman. An active member of First Lutheran Church, Paul served as president of the congregation from 1989 to 1990, and chairman of the call committee. He was a member of the Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary Club and was named the Rotarian of The Year in 1989 for his efforts in organizing the Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary Club. He was also a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.

Paul enjoyed spending time with his family, hunting, attending WE Fest, being at the lake and new dining experiences.

Surviving Paul are his wife, Madalyn Sukke of Detroit Lakes; son, Erik Sukke of Cincinnati, Ohio; daughter, Allison (Patrick) Daly of West Fargo; his mother, Angeline Sukke of Benson; brother, Robert (Laurie) Sukke of Coon Rapids; sister, Linda (Curt) Pargman of Benson; as well as his father and mother-in-law, Ray and Dorothy Conger of Detroit Lakes.

Friends may call between 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 at First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes; there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. The visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 at First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, with the Rev. Wade Dutton and Rev. David Peterson officiating. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes with Military Rites provided by John Bridges American Legion Post 15.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is serving the family.