Troy Donald Makela, 55, of Loretto, entered God’s eternal home on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer.

Troy was born on April 24, 1964 in Park Rapids, MN to Donald and Jane Makela. Troy graduated from Virginia High School in 1982 and attended Mesabi Range College and St. Cloud State University. He worked with his dad at Queen City Construction for many years.

Troy loved spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing, music, and competitive games. He also loved to travel.

Troy was a devoted husband to his wife, Cathy. He was a loving son and shared a special bond with his brother, Brian, who was always by Troy’s side when needed.

Troy will always be remembered for his humor, his laughter, and his love for others—always putting their needs first.

Troy was survived by his: Wife: Cathy; Step-children: Heather Krussow, Michael Krussow; Mother: Jane (Geno) Halberg; Brother: Brian (Missy) Makela

He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Makela; grandparents; one aunt; and several uncles.


A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 12 at 2:00 pm at Range Funeral Home in Virginia. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit


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