Blair Frederick Halonen, age 67, of Cokato, passed away peacefully Saturday, July 6, 2019, surrounded by his family. He was diagnosed with ALS in June of 2019, and passed away due to a stroke.
Funeral services will take place Friday, July 12 at 11 a.m. at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church of Dassel, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at the Cokato Finnish Cemetery.
There was visitation Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, which is handling the arrangements.
Blair was born Jan. 12, 1952, in Wadena, the son of Fred and Thelma (Haataja) Halonen. He grew up on a farm north of Cokato, and had many happy memories there.
Following graduation from Cokato High School in 1970, he later attended Dunwoody College of Technology.
Blair married Kristin Erickson Feb. 5, 1972. They made their home in Cokato, were married for 47 years, and blessed with eight children.
Blair retired in 2017, as chief executive officer of B & P Drywall and Construction. He always cared for his employees and their families.
Blair liked to explore and pursue his own ideas. He enjoyed gardening, high school wrestling, and trapping. Especially dear were family vacations and summertime swims at Lake Sylvia. He also loved a good visit over a cup of coffee.
Blair was a lifelong member of the First Apostolic Lutheran Church; he lived his faith throughout his life.
He had a kind and generous heart, and his legacy is his loving family.
Blair is survived and will be deeply missed by his wife, Kristin; children Mike (Christie) Halonen, Sarah (Larry) Tormanen, Beth (Mike) Davison, Paul (Heather) Halonen, Dave (Morgan) Halonen, Jeff (Tami) Halonen, Annie Halonen, and Heidi Halonen; and 29 grandchildren: Tom (Alexandra), Brooke, Juliana, Larissa and Lauren Halonen, Ryan, Kate, Jenna, Nick, Eli, Todd, Abby, Ethan, Julia and Lila Tormanen, Eric, Jimmy, Daniel, Emily, Johnny and Max Davison, Noah, Evan and Toby Halonen, Oscar, Laina and Harman Halonen, and Stanley and Bill Halonen.
He is also survived by his parents, Fred and Thelma Halonen; siblings Pete (Debbie) Halonen, John (Becky) Halonen, Tyyni (Duane) Salmen, Thea Corbin, Gregg (Suzanne) Halonen, Julie Impola, Tamara (Jeff) Pietila, Teresa (Ken) Johnson, Anna (Dave) Aho, Avis (Eric) Sheffer, and Scott (Kathleen) Halonen; sisters-in-law Karen Erickson (David Korte), and Sandy (Bob) Hanson; brother-in-law Kurt Erickson; and many nieces and nephews.
Blair was preceded in death by his brothers, Anthony Halonen and Brent Halonen; his father-in-law, Gustav Erickson; and mother-in-law, Helen Erickson.