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John T. Hillstrom, 36

John Thomas Hillstrom’s earthly journey ended Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, at the age of 36.

He was born April 26, 1978, in St. Cloud, to Charles and Karen (Jarl) Hillstrom.

John graduated from Dassel-Cokato High School in 1996. He furthered his education, obtaining an associate’s degree in social work, and a bachelor’s degree in economics with an investment emphasis from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

John liked to fish, hunt, and spend time in the outdoors. He played hockey and enjoyed good conversation with friends and family.

In addition, John had a healthy sense of adventure, which led him and friends to hop a train, taking them out west. Later his travels led him to North Carolina, where he found his love of the ocean and the coastal region.

John is survived by his father, Charles (Denise) Hillstrom; sister Anne (Nathan) Bassett; brother Karl Hillstrom; nieces and nephews Nick, Josh, Erin, Lydia, Eian Bassett, and Hope Nevala; and grandparents Tom and Joyce (Kotila) Jarl; along with several other family members and friends.

John was preceded in death by his mother, Karen; and grandparents Uno and Ruth Hillstrom.

A celebration of John’s life took place Friday, Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. at Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church in Cokato.

Visitation was Thursday, Dec. 4 from 4 to 7 p.m., with 4 p.m. prayer, at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato; and continued one hour prior to the service Friday at the church.

Arrangements were with Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cokato; www.swansonpeterson.com

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