David Walter Kankaala

David Walter Kankaala, 68, of Mora, passed away Saturday, July 9, 2011 at the FirstLight Health System in Mora. 

David was born April 26, 1943 in Moose Lake, Minn. to parents Arthur and Ellen (Kivi) Kankaala. He grew up in Kettle River and graduated from Barnum High School in 1961. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in July of 1962. He served his country as a Flight Engineer during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged from the military in 1966.  David worked as a commercial airline captain until he retired from UPS in 2003.  David enjoyed his retire time at his cabin in Mora and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

David is preceded in death by his parents, and brother Robert Kankaala.

He is survived by his wife Ronnie of Mora, children Eric Kankaala, Justin Kankaala, Naomi (Josh) Wekseth, Ryan Milczark, Hannah Milczark, and Tess Milczark; grandchildren Nadia, Blade, Logan, and Kyle; special caregivers and friends Dr. Stuart Bloom and Nurse Jamie at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 2 p.m. at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora with Pastor Bob DeYoung officiating. Visitation will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home the day of the service. Honorary Urn Bearers are Ryan Milczark, Steve Anderson, Marc Navai, Josh Wekseth, and Joe D’Aigle. Inurnment is in the Fort Snelling National Cemetery of Minneapolis. Military Honors will be provided by the Fort Snelling Honors Team. Arrangements were by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora.


  • Roger and Carol Forse

    Dearest Ronnie and family,
    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Dave was dearly loved by our family. I have fond memories of Dave at Gramma Kankaala’s house in Kettle River and staying at their place by the river when we were kids. My sister and I weren’t allowed to swim when the Kalavela boys were down there, wonder why. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We will see you Wednesday.