DAVID W. KANKAALA

David Kankaala, of Mora, passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at the FirstLight Health System in Mora. He was 68 years old.

A MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 2:00pm on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora with Rev. Bob DeYoung officiating.

A TIME OF VISITATION will be held 1/2 hour prior to the service at 1:30 pm at the funeral home.

INTERMENT will be at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN

David Walter Kankaala, of Mora, passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at the FirstLight Health System in Mora. He was 68 years old.
David was born on April 26, 1943 in Moose Lake, Minnesota 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 was held on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home. Honorary Urn Bearers were Ryan Milczark, Steve Anderson, Marc Navai, Josh Wekseth, Joe DAigle, Todd Witt, and Richard Hart. Inurnment was in the Fort Snelling National Cemetery of Minneapolis. Military Honors were provided by the Fort Snelling Honors Team. Arrangements were by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora. Condolences may be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com

23 guestbook entries for DAVID W. KANKAALA

  1. Allen and Jan Liles July 11, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

    Puddy and family,
    Jan and I send you our thoughts and prayers. We are deeply sorry for your loss. David was a wonderful and caring person who will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him.

    Allen and Jan

  2. Jerry Maddox July 11, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

    Ronnie and Family,
    I flew with David at UPS. He was a great pilot and a truly wonderful person. I have many fond memories of him and our times together.

    Jerry Maddox

  3. Phil Aaker July 11, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    Dave and I flew together at UPS and I was always
    happy to run into him at a layover. His sense of humor (rather dry) was such a part of him and although he loved to fly, I could tell he also loved his time off.
    Another Minnesota pilot, Phil Aaker

  4. Glenn Bowman July 11, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

    I first met Dave when working at Ryan. We flew the 727 together. Dave was a great guy and always had a friendly greeting, easy smile, and firm handshake. He adored his wife and family, mentioning them often in conversation.

  5. Todd Witt July 11, 2011 at 4:34 pm #

    Ronnie and Family,
    Dave and I flew many flights together for years….I always looked forward to each of them. He was an exceptinal Man, Husband and Father. We shared a great deal with each other and I know he loved each of you very much. Ronnie, thanks for the call and remember if there is anything I can help you with call.

    Todd Witt UPS A300 Cpt

  6. Baxter Eaves July 11, 2011 at 6:33 pm #

    In the very stressed world of UPS and prior to that at Ryan, Dave had a kind word and ready smile for all of us who had to distinct honor of knowing him. The world has lost a wonderful man and oh, so many of us have lost a dear friend. Bless you all at this time. You will be in all of my prayers. Baxter Eaves Capt. B-757

  7. Ken Drewyor July 11, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

    Dear Ronnie and family; I was blessed to fly with Dave at UPS back in the early 90’s on the 727 several bid periods. He was a great pilot that I truly enjoyed flying with. We had a great time together back then, and would make each other laugh quite regularly. He always had a kind reassuring word no matter the situation. He was a Captain that mentored his First Officers, myself included, and will be greatly missed.

  8. Ron Henderson July 11, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

    I had the pleasure of flying with Dave here at UPS.
    He was a very good pilot and a great guy to fly with.
    He really taught me a lot about the Boeing 727 during the time we shared.
    He was always one of my favorite captians to fly with.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Ron Henderson

  9. Dana Bennett July 11, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

    Dear Ronnie and family.I had the privilege of meeting and working with this WONDERFUL MAN.I first met Dave at Ryan Air,and enjoyed each and every trip we flew together.Dave had a Hollywood Smile and Charismatic laugh that i will always remember.To all of Dave’s family,he will truely be missed by all fellow crewmembers!God Bless the entire Kankaala family for your lost.

  10. Bill Kight July 11, 2011 at 11:46 pm #

    I flew with Dave when I was a new UPS 727 flight engineer. The way he ran his cockpit taught me well how to do it when I made captain. I truly enjoyed flying with him and enjoyed his company and wit on layovers.

    Warm regards and condolences.

    Bill Kight
    UPS

  11. Bill Hale July 12, 2011 at 4:26 am #

    I flew with Dave many times at Ryan Aviation and UPS. You could not ask for a better pilot and person than Dave. He always had a ready smile and cheerful words, no matter the situation, and he will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Bill Hale, Retired

  12. Nathan Boese July 12, 2011 at 9:10 am #

    Dear Puddy and Cousins,

    It goes without saying that Dave will be missed by the entire family. He was a wonderful man and we are all better for having known him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Nathan, Kate, Kyleigh and Isaac

  13. Jack Sprankle July 12, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    I have known Dave for nearly 30 years. He was a great friend and we had many flights together at Ryan. Our friendship continued throughout the years we flew for UPS. Dave’s easy-going personality and charismatic smile made everyone enjoy is company, in and out of the cockpit. He talked about his family with great affection. My thoughts and prayers are with all of Dave’s family. He was a true friend and a great pilot. I will miss him and he will always be remembered. Jack Sprankle UPS 757 Capt.

  14. Purdes Family July 12, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    Ronnie, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Dave was a great guy and we will miss seeing him at the cabin. We have all had some good times together at the campfire : )

    Bob & Kush Purdes and family

  15. The Koupal Family July 12, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

    Puddy and family,
    So sorry to hear about Dave’s passing. He was such a nice guy and we always enjoyed visiting with him at family gatherings. Know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers! Love you!

    John, Karen, Kelsey, Hannah & Brady Koupal

  16. Dennis Toews July 12, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    I first met Dave at Ryan where we worked together and then at UPS. Dave was a first class Gentleman and pilot, many, many fond memories. We will miss you Dave, my prayers are with you and your family.
    Dennis Toews UPS 757 Capt..

  17. Rhonda Boese July 13, 2011 at 7:01 am #

    My sister,

    Our hearts hurt for you, the kids, the grand kids. When David came into your lives fourteen years ago, he came into ours as well. We will always remember the love he had for you and the kids and were honored to call him brother-in-law. We love you all so much.

    Rhonda & Ty Boese.

  18. George and Karla Milczark July 22, 2011 at 6:32 pm #

    Dear Ronnie and Family,
    We were so sorry to hear of your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Thinking of you
    with love. George and Karla

  19. George and Karla Milczark July 22, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

    Dear Ronnie and Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Thinking of you with love. George and Karla

  20. Craig Foster July 25, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

    It’s been a while, I am sorry for your loss Ronnie. You and Dave were neat and great neighbors in Barnum when we met in 97. I think of you often and your family is in my prayors. Finnlayson is not too far from Mora so if you would want ever, we have a pace for you to hang out and relax. God took Dave home and thats a good thing. I am sorry for your the loss of your hubbie and friend who spoke finish better than my momma Aleen. God bless. Craig and Sharla

  21. Jim Ferlaak August 1, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

    Dear ronnie and Family,
    I had the pleasure of meeting dave when he was riding my jumseat to and from SDF and MSP. He always had a happy smile and looked forward to flying as well as his very important time spent with his family at home. He will be missed by all that had the good fortune of knowing him. Please accept my deepest sympathiy.

    Jim Ferlaak DC-8 Captain UPS. (RET)

  22. ED ANDERSON August 10, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

    Ronnie & Family,
    Sorry to hear about Dave. We grew up next door neighbors in Kettle River. We spent many enjoyable hours fishing on the river and playing back yard sports. Dave and his brother Bob were always fun to spend time with.

  23. Ronnie Kankaala August 16, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    David loved family, David loved flying….not sure in which order. :) He made us laugh every day, and had the patience of a saint. He was our rock. Thank you all for your kind words and memories. Smile everytime you think of him – he would appreciate that!
    Ronnie

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