Ernest Rudolph Lehtola died March 5, 1998 at the St. Cloud Hospital at the age of 77 years, 10 months and one day.
He was born April 22, 1920, the son of Matt and Emma (Kurtakko) Lehtola at Cokato, Minn. and grew up in the Cokato area.
He married Beatrice Leinonen at the Redeemer Lutheran church in Minneapolis. From 1942 to 1945 Lehtola served in the United States Air Force, with his basic training taken at Fort Leonardwood, Mo. Most of this time in the service was spent in North Africa.
After returning from the service, Ernest worked as a milk hauler for many years. He also operated the Minneapolis Moline Implement business and later went into farming, which he continued until retirement.
Survivors include his wife, Beatrice; sons: Charles (Sharon) and Randy, both of Howard Lake; daughter Jeanne (Randy) Morris of Lakeville; eight grandchildren; sister, Ellen Johnson of Cokato and brother, Rueben of Naples, Fla.
Preceding him in death were his parents, four brothers, three sisters and an infant daughter.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 9, 1998 at 2 p.m. from Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church of Cokato with the Reverend Lyndon Korhonen officiating.
Harley and Marie Wilson provided music for the service.
Casketbearers were Donald Lehtola, Jerry Johnson, Joel Johnson, David Lehtola, Bryan Lehtola, James Johnson, Kay McCalla and Tim Miller. Interment was at the National Cemetery, French Lake, Minn.