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Marlow Salo


Marlow Alfred Salo was born on October 11, 1934 in Leaf Lake Township, Otter Tail County, Minnesota to Alfred and Alma (Maunumaki) Salo. He attended The Prairie Country School District 160 until the eighth grade. He received an honorary diploma from the New York Mills Public School on May 27, 2016.
At the age of seventeen, he began working for the DMIR (Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range) Railway for a short time. From there he went to the Mariska Mine near Gilbert, Minnesota.
In 1953 he enlisted into the United States Navy and was stationed on the USS Henry W. Tucker DD/DDR 875. He was honorably discharged in 1957. Upon returning home to New York Mills he went to work in road construction.

On July 30, 1960 he was united in marriage to Dorla Ann Bernu at the Apostolic Lutheran Church in New York Mills. They purchased a farmstead in Homestead Township and ran a dairy farm from 1962 until 1989. Marlow also worked for Lund Boats beginning employment on May 14,1963 and worked for 40 plus years.
Marlow enjoyed gardening, deer hunting, fishing, camping, working in the woods, cutting firewood, running a sawmill, watching his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren’s activities and sporting events. He was quite the handyman and he would fix anything. Marlow was an avid Twins fan and loved to watch westerns. He was a researcher and historian and loved to share this knowledge with his family and friends. Marlow was happiest when his house was filled with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was a Life Member of the Charles D. Center V.F.W. Post #3289.

On April 15, 2020, Marlow passed away at the Perham Health Hospital, Perham, at the age of 85. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Preceding Marlow in death were his parents Alfred and Alma Salo, father and mother-in-law Matt and Esther Bernu; foster brothers: Elmer and Milton Makinen; brothers: Thomas (Donna) Salo, and Gerald Salo; brothers-in-law: David Anderson, Donald (Arlene) Bernu, and Delbert Bernu; amd sister-in-law Dorthy (Rudy) Ranta.

Marlow is survived by his wife Dorla; children: Pamela (Rick) Hotakainen, Douglas (Becky) Salo, Dean (Janelle) Salo, Tamara Salo, and Kari (Brian) Carlson; 10 grandchildren: Jason (Sara) Hotakainen, Cody (Haley Christensen) Salo, Jared (Kayla) Hotakainen, Wade Salo, Emily (Felix) Wrage, RaeAnna (Tanner) Wegscheid, Taylor (Aleashia) Carlson, Kenna Salo, Bren Salo, and Torrey Carlson; great-grandchildren: Sadie, Charlie and Noelle Hotakainen, Layla and Cade Salo, Gage and Remi Hotakainen, and Kaia and Brynn Wegscheid; brother Warren (MaryJane) Salo; sister Margie Anderson; brothers-in-law: Darwin (June) Bernu, and Duane (Irene) Bernu; sisters-in-law: Joani Salo and Carolyn Bernu; numerous nieces, nephews, relatives, and many friends.

A memorial service will be held when in-person gatherings are possible. In the meantime, please leave memorials and condolences on Marlow’s Tribute Wall on our website:

Arrangements are provided by Karvonen Funeral and Cremation Services of New York Mills, Minnesota. 4-22c

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