Arvo Einar Davo was born in Republic, Mich. on Jan. 23, 1908 to John Alfred and Anna (Kostamo) Davo.
He grew up on a farm north of Waverly with four brothers and one sister. He attended the McKinley Country School, northeast of Waverly.
He traveled with the Ringling Brothers Circus for about a year, then entered the United States Army in 1942. Arvo served for two years as a carpenter at Ft. Lawton, Wash.
Arvo returned home to farm after service in 1945 and stayed there most of the rest of his life.
He had many interests and hobbies, among them were coon hunting and trapping. He hunted and grew ginseng. He did a lot of skiing on his homemade skis and liked to box with his brothers. He enjoyed music and could play the piano.
One of his favorite games was name that tune with his grandniece. Later in life he enjoyed visiting with friends and neighbors, drinking coffee, and ice cream socials at Sweds Church.
Arvo died at Meeker County Hospital March 6, 1998 having reached the age of 90 years, one month and 14 days.
Survivors include his nephews and nieces: Hazel Epple of Minneapolis; Howard and Dollrus Grangroth of Waverly; Bobby and Luella Grangroth of Brainerd; Harvey and Verna Grangroth of Cokato and Donald and Eva Wuollet of Cokato.
Arvo was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters Herman and Alina Grangroth, Arthur and Rauha Davo, Oliver Davo, Axel Davo, Waino Davo, Alfred Davo and a baby sister.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 10 at 2 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake with the Reverend Neal Harju officiating.
Music was provided by Diane Johnson and Joanne Benson. Interment was at Cokato Finnish Cemetery.
Casketbearers were Rick North, Paul Grangroth, Rick Grangroth, Philip Grangroth, Howard Grangroth, Jr., and Dennis Epple.