GRAND RAPIDS -- Corey "Butch" J. Bakken, age 61, of Grand Rapids, Minn., passed away from complications of cancer surgery, Monday, Sept. 19, 2005, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth. He was preceded in death by his parents, Johanna (Hustvedt) and Carl Bakken; and sisters, Betty Froom, Karen "Tiny" Wahlberg and Susie Bakken. He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, JoAnn (George) Bakken; children, Katie (Scott) Firman and Corey Bakken; and grandsons, Jack and Max. Butch was born on Aug. 29, 1944, in Minneapolis. He graduated from St. Louis Park High School in 1963 and Mankato State College in 1969. He was the former director of golf at Pine Meadows Golf Course in Brainerd. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the 2 p.m. memorial service on Friday, Sept. 23, at the Community Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids.
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