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John D. (JD) Rahkola, 33

John David (JD) Rahkola, age 33, of Cokato, peacefully passed away in his sleep Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. 

He was born March 9, 1979, in Virginia, MN.

JD was raised in Embarrass for his first eight years, then 10 years in Elk River, and then moved to Cokato, where he graduated from Dassel-Cokato High School. He resided in Cokato for 17 years.

JD continued his education at Saint Cloud Tech, graduating with a civil engineering technician degree. He also graduated from Crown College with a bachelor of science degree in Christian ministry.

He was currently employed by MnDOT in the Twin Cities as a surveyor.

JD dedicated his life to Christ and helping others in need.

He loved snowmobiling, riding motorcycles, hunting, fishing, camping, photography, art, teaching, and spending quality time with family and friends.

JD touched the lives of many people with his willingness to give selflessly with all of his heart, and by sharing his faith with all he came in contact with, whether by words or deeds.  

He now resides in heaven with his sister, Katie; brother, Thomas; grandmother Ruth Rahkola; Uncle Bruce; Aunt Dagny; and other family members who have gone on before.

JD will forever be remembered by his family and friends. He is survived by his parents, John and JulieAnn (Johnson) Rahkola; siblings Karen (Roy) Bekkala and children Amber, Nicole, Ethan and Olivia; Tami Rahkola and son Weston, Mark (Katie) Rahkola, Angie Rahkola, Steven (Amanda) Rahkola, Michael Rahkola (Sammy Smith), and Donna Rahkola; along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends whom were all blessed by his presence in their lives.

A celebration of JD’s life took place Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Cokato, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements were by Swanson Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato; www.swansonpeterson.com.