Thomas C. Aho, 72

Thomas Charles Aho, age 72, of Cokato, passed away peacefully Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, at home.

He was born Oct. 16, 1945, in El Paso, TX, the son of Melvin and Marian (Hasti) Aho.

Thomas lived his entire life in the Cokato area, working as a dairy farmer until 1986, when he started his second career with almost 32 years at Dura Supreme.

Tom attended Ojanperaa Country School and graduated from Cokato High School in 1963.

He was a lifelong member of First Apostolic Lutheran Church.

Tom married Karen Marie Anderson Aug. 19, 1972. Tom and Karen worked hard to provide for their family, and yet, give to others. His grandchildren will always remember the conversations and special attention they received.

Tom is survived by his wife, Karen; children, Steve (Elizabeth of Hancock, MI, Lorna (Steve) Ryynanen of Dassel, James (Laura) of Mt. Iron, Carl (Janet) of Cokato, Bill (Carri), Nate (Vicky), all of Dassel, Joel (Shannon) of Atlantic Mine, MI, Ben (Gina), Todd, Doug (Lana), Melissa (Nate) Keranen, all of Cokato, Josh of Aberdeen, SD, Brian (Kelli) of Springfield, IL, Seth of Cokato, and Erin of Marquette, MI; sisters, Cathy (Pete) Heltunen, Mary (Dean) Niska, Margaret (Larry) Pokornowski, Helen (Marce) Polzin, Ruth (Bob) Anderson, and Becky, and brother, John.

He is further survived by 58 grandchildren; and numerous other relatives, friends, and brothers and sisters in faith.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Tim; sister, Carol; and grandson, Nicholas.

Tom’s funeral service took place Monday, Sept. 17 at 11 a.m. at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church of Cokato.

There was visitation at the church Sunday, Sept. 16 from 4 to 8 p.m., and continuing Monday, one hour prior to the services.

Arrangements were with the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato, www.swansonpeterson.com.

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