Gary G. Rikala, 74, of Fort Meyers, Fla., and formerly of Parkville, Minn., died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, after a courageous battle with ALS, with his wife Deborah by his side.

He was a veteran with the U.S. Marine Corps and served in Vietnam. He worked many years at USS Minntac Plant in Mountain Iron in the instrumentation department.

He was born to Emil and Marilyn Rikala in Virginia, Minn.

Gary is survived by his wife, Deborah; sons, Garrett and David Rikala; brother, John (Lynn) Rikala; sisters, Margaret (Dick) Hilmanowski, Sally Rikala, and Susan Wilmar; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Renee’; daughter, Kami Rikala; and brother, Chuck.

Per Gary’s wishes, no services will be held.

Baldwin Brothers Cremation Society was in charge of the arrangements

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