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Elmer Ruben Okken


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Elmer Ruben Okken

Mesa - Elmer Ruben Okken, 87, passed away August 28, 2018 in Mesa AZ. He was born in Bentley, ND on November 4, 1930 to Harry and Anna (Krause) Okken. Elmer was the oldest of 6 children and at an early age began helping his dad on the farm. He joined the US Air Force in 1951 and served in Korea, trained in airplane armaments. Later stationed south of Mesa, AZ, Elmer met LaDonna Johnson and they married in 1953. Devoted to each other for 61 years, she preceded him to heaven in 2014. They had two children, Jan and Duane. Elmer worked for 35 years in a computer testing lab for turbine engines and flight control systems. He retired in 1994 to take his beloved grandkids fishing. He was an active member of Trinity Church. He is survived by daughter Jan (Tim) Okken, sister Lavern (Ken) Woosley), brothers Walter (Mary) Okken and Gary Okken, grandchildren Tina (Nathan) Smiddy, John Okken, Joshua Okken, Tyler Okken and beloved great-grandson Caleb Smiddy. Elmer is preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, his wife and son. Services will be on September 8, 2018 at Trinity Church, 2130 E. University, Mesa 85213, with visitation at 9:30AM and funeral service at 10AM
Published in The Arizona Republic on Sept. 7, 2018
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