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Jack Laffin,81

A memorial service for Jack Laffin of Greenbush, and formerly of Williams, will be held on Friday at the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Williams at 2:00 p.m.  Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church.

Jack Laffin was born on February 1, 1929 in Bankton, MN, just south of Williams, MN.  He also attended country school there.

Jack was self-employed most of his life.  He farmed near Williams, raised mink, trapped, and worked in the woods logging with the equipment he built himself.  When he was a young man he worked in the gold mines in South Dakota and also guided on Lake of the Woods for Charlie Tobin.

He was a handy man and enjoyed building things.  He self-taught himself on hydraulics, and was a tremendous welder which allowed him to build equipment and toys.  He built also flew ultra-lite planes for a hobby.  He loved the outdoors, mowing the grass, and doing most kinds of yard work.   Playing poker was also a hobby and he was very good at it.

Jack passed away on January 27, 2011 at the Altru Hospital in Grand Forks.

He is survived by his wife Katie of Greenbush; children Terri (Gerry) Lalli of Williams, and Jackie (Tim) Goetz of East Grand Forks, MN; grandchildren, Jon Lalli of Williams, Karlyn (Russ) Hawks of Roosevelt, Dan Lalli of St. Paul, MN, Aaron (Robyn) Unruh and Jared Unruh, both of Warroad; five great-grandchildren, Molly, Joe, Layla, Ella, and Aspen Unruh; sister Arletta Thompson of Warroad; two step-granddaughters, Ashley  and Courtney Goetz of Grand Forks, ND; and his dog “Poops III”.

He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Darlene Hanson, brother-in-law Jim Thompson, and two dogs,” Poops I”, and “Poops II”.

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