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Rickie Robert Rajala, 64, passed away peacefully at St Mary's Hospital on Monday, December 30th in Rochester, MN.
Rickie was born on October 12th, 1955 in Duluth MN. Rickie was a passionate and caring person who enjoyed being around his family and friends and was also a huge Vikings fan. Rickie joined the Army out of High School in 1974, where he served four years. Rickie married Kathy (Muellner) Rajala in June of 1974. Together they had two daughters and three grandchildren, and later divorced.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilfred Rajala and Kathy Fitzgerald, and his brothers, Dennis Rajala and Bill Rajala.
He is survived by his daughters, Tina (Daniel) Sanchez TX, Becky (Randy) Eilert FL; grandsons, Austin Eilert FL, Justin Eilert MN; granddaughter Katelyn Sanchz TX; his ex-wife, Kathy Rajala MN; girlfriend, Martha Bronstad MN; brother Donnie (Barb) Fitzgerald MO; sisters, Linda (John) Bartlett NV, Roxanne (Joe) MN, and Vicky (Jim) Salami PA; and step-father Donald Fitgerald MN. A Celebration of Life will be held at Rochester Cremation Services, 1605 Civic Center Drive NW, Rochester, MN 55901 on Sunday, January 5th from 11:00am to 12:00pm with military honors at 12:00pm.