Derek Thomas Palkki


Derek Thomas Palkki, age 54, of Grand Rapids, MN passed away suddenly from a heart attack on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at Grand Itasca Hospital.

Derek was born in Grand Rapids, MN to Len and Sherry Palkki on August 26, 1965. Derek graduated from Grand Rapids High School and later from Bemidji State University with a degree in criminal justice. After graduating high school, he married Sherry Olin and together they raised two sons, Daniel and Anthony. Derek worked for Anoka County for quite some time and at numerous other jobs. Most recently he was employed by Target Corporation. Derek loved watching sports and spending time with family. He had a very kind and caring heart.

Derek is survived by his parents; former wife, Sherry; sons, Daniel (Brianna) Palkki, Tony (Brenna) Palkki; grandchildren, Ryan, Lola, Olin, and Vienna Palkki; brother, Kent (Lisa) Palkki; sisters, Maralee (John) Garrison, Jennifer (Mike) Harding; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles; special friend, Siri; special kitty, Jazzmine; and two dogs, Angus and Ozzy.

A Memorial Service for family and friends, in remembrance of Derek, will be held at Nyberg Community Center, Coleraine, MN on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 1:00 PM.

Arrangements are with Rowe Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Grand Rapids, MN. To   sign   the   online   guestbook   or   send   condolences   visit

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