Willard Anton Jarvi, age 90, of Cokato, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at the St. Cloud VA Hospital after a short illness.
He was born Oct. 15, 1922, to Anton and Fannie Jarvi at their home in Cokato Township.
Willard attended school through the ninth grade, and spent the next several years working on the family farm.
He enlisted in the United States Army in January 1943, at the age of 20. Willard served in the European and Mediterranean theaters with the 5th and 7th armies in World War II. He reached the rank of Private First Class and was honorably discharged in November 1945.
Following the war, Willard continued working on the farm, and also for Cokato Township, grading and repairing the roads in the summer and plowing the roads in the winter.
For a short time, he worked at the John Mansville factory in Chicago. He returned to Minnesota, and worked for Sico, Inc. from 1957 until his retirement in 1983.
Willard married Carol Peterson Jan. 18, 1964. They moved to north Minneapolis, where their son, Troy, was born Oct. 18, 1964.
After Willard’s retirement, he and Carol moved back to Cokato, where he lived until his death.
Willard loved fishing, fishing, and fishing in the lakes around the Cokato area. He and Carol spent many hours in their boat; his prize catch was a 21-pound northern.
He was also an avid bowler and bowled on a league for many years. In his later years, he enjoyed spending time at the Marketplace, chatting and catching up with friends.
Willard was preceded in death by his wife, Carol; his parents; brothers Walter and Paul; and sisters Martha, Elma and Verna.
He is survived by his son, Troy; daughter-in-law Suzanne; grandsons Ian and Reid; brothers Ed and Ray; and many nephews, nieces, and in-laws.
Willard was a caring father, doting grandfather, and a good man. He will be deeply missed.
The funeral service was Friday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. at North Crow River Lutheran Church in rural Cokato. Interment followed at Cokato Finnish Cemetery.
There was visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.
Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.