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Obituaries

April 22, 2014

Mel L. "Little" Carrigan

—   Mel  L. "Little" Carrigan of North Mankato, formerly of Lakefield, died Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Pathstone Living in Mankato. Memorial services will be 3:00 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Messiah Lutheran Church in North Mankato. Visitation will be 1 hour before services. Interment will be in Lakefield Cemetery at a later date. Memorials are preferred to the Parkinson's Research Foundation.

 Little was born October 31, 1927 at Wood Lake, MN to Charles and Gertrude (VanDam) Carrigan. He served in the U.S Navy for 2 and half years. Little married Alice Swanson October 21, 1951 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lakefield, MN. Little was Chief Maintenance Supervisor and a bus driver for the Lakefield Public School district for 32 years. He liked to refinish and repair furniture, paint and was an all around handyman, you name it he could do it. Little loved to play golf, enjoyed watching the Minnesota Gophers and was an avid reader. Best of all he was the chief storyteller. He was a member of the V.F.W., American Legion and Lions Club.

 Little is survived by his wife Alice; sons Dan (Jennifer) Carrigan and Keith Carrigan both of Concord, CA; daughters, Cindy Carrigan-Echols of Friant, CA and Sherrill (Jeff) Frantsen of Lakefield, MN; grandchildren, Julieann, Jonathan and Clint Echols, Alyssa, Shea and Kelsey Carrigan, Abby and Mallory Frantsen; sister, Corinne "Bubbles" Hohenstein of Lakefield; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 6 brothers including a twin brother "Big" and 3 sisters.

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