Oscar Erven Jatko, age 90, of Cokato, died Tuesday, May 15, 2012.
He was born in 1922, to proud parents, Arthur and Hilda Jatko at their home in Cokato township. Oscar’s mother passed away in 1929, when Oscar was 7 years old, which split the family up.
At that time, Oscar was raised by foster parents Ernest and Sophie Kallunki until he entered into the army in 1942. He served in the Pacific Theater until the end of the war.
Oscar married Helen Gunderson May 8, 1948.
He worked as a milkman, construction worker for Truck Crane Inc. of Minneapolis, and for Payco Seed Co. of Dassel.
Oscar enjoyed working around the yard, gardening, sawing and splitting wood, ice fishing in his spear house, and having good conversations with just about anyone he met. He was a special husband, father, and grandfather who left everlasting memories for his family.
Oscar is survived by his children, Suzanne (Delaino) Schafer of Darwin, and Michael (Connie) Jatko of Buffalo; six grandchildren, John (Shannon) McClure, Bryan McClure, Scott (Tina) McClure, Sarah (Jeff) Layton, David (Kim) Jatko, and Sonja (Chris) VanKeulen; and by 16 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Hilda Jatko; wife Helen; brothers Adler, Henry and William; and sisters Ida and Julia.
Funeral services took place Saturday, May 19 at 11 a.m. at North Crow River Lutheran Church, followed by interment at the Cokato Finnish Cemetery.
Visitation was Friday, May 18 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.