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John Hugo Hallstrom

John Hugo Hallstrom, age 61, of Kimball, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008, at the Emmanuel Home in Litchfield, after suffering from dementia for many years.

He was born Oct. 14, 1946, on the family farm in Eben Junction, Mich., the son of Hugo and Alma (Hendrickson) Hallstrom. He was a lifetime member of the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church.

John graduated from high school in Eben Junction, and later continued his schooling by becoming an aircraft mechanic.

He was united in marriage to Jeanne Hendrickson June 1, 1974, in Kingston. They made their home in the Eben Junction, Rumely, and Chatham, Mich. area.

John worked as a welder, a machinist, and a mechanic for many years.

He and Jeanne moved to the Kingston area Aug. 31, 2006.

A quiet man, John loved to spend time with his close family and friends. He enjoyed hunting, flying private planes, was an airplane mechanic, and especially enjoyed the times that he spent with his numerous grandchildren.

John is survived by his wife, Jeanne Hallstrom of Kimball; children, William (Janean) Hallstrom of Dassel, Henry Hallstrom of Kimball, Ryan (Jessica) Hallstrom of Litchfield, Larry Hallstrom of Kimball, Sarah (Erik) Kaarto of Vancouver, Wash., and Julie (Don) Rankila of Lakeville; 15 grandchildren; his father, Hugo (stepmother Aune) Hallstrom of Eben Junction, Mich.; siblings Marie Hendrickson of Dassel, Fremont Hallstrom of North East, Md., Edie (Stanley) Granger of Rising Sun, Md., Ruth (Hubert) Homola of Brush Prairie, Wash., Karen Deel of Chatham, Mich., Linda (Walter Jr.) Granger of Elkton, Md., Elizabeth (Fred) Watson of Lake Linden, Mich. Alice Blomquist of Rising Sun, Md., Charles (Bonnie) Hallstrom of Calumet, Mich., Greta (Otto) Heugel of Rising Sun, Md., and Edward (Ruth) Hallstrom of Eben Junction, Mich.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Alma, in 1969; and his sister, Nina Raisanen, in 1994.

The funeral service was Thursday, Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. at the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church, rural Dassel, with David Hendrickson and Marvin Raisanen officiating. Interment was at the Swan Lake Cemetery, rural Dassel.

Visitation took place Wednesday evening, Feb. 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church, with an hour visitation at the church prior to the service Thursday.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.