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Warren Christopher, 88

Warren Rupert Christopher, age 88, of Cokato, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, at the Cokato Manor.

Warren was born in Cokato Township Dec. 28, 1920, to Jacob and Elvira (Eskola) Christopher. He grew up on the farm north of Cokato, by Cokato Lake, and attended Watson School.

He married Erma Mae Gordon Oct. 26, 1946, at the Concordia Lutheran Church of Fair Haven. The couple made their home on the family farm and spent their life there. Erma passed away Aug. 18, 1990.

Warren farmed all of his life and drove truck during the corn pack for Green Giant Company of Cokato.

He became a resident of Cokato Mannor a few years ago.

Warren’s many interests included his vintage Indian motorcycle, and old cars. He dearly loved his many cats, and adopted any stray that came to the door. Warren and Erma were nature and bird lovers, and “pioneers” of preserving the environment.

Warren is survived by nieces and nephews Bill Kummet, Joyce (Ron) Murphy, Joan, Gene Sarenpa, Frances (Ken) Karlsen, Nancy Seppela, and Marilyn Christopher; and sister-in-law Marilyn Gordon.

In addition to this wife, Warren was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Elvira; brothers Rudolf, and Hugo; sisters Lillian Aprea, Bernice Sarenpa, and Elizabeth Kummet; nephew Tom Christopher; and also his special friend, Elnor.

The funeral service was Saturday, Jan. 31 at 11 a.m. at the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato, with visitation for one hour prior to the service. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery of Annandale.

The Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato handled the arrangements.