John H. Aho, 75

John Helge Aho, age 75, of Dassel, died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, at his home.

He was born Jan. 22, 1941, in Effie, MN, the son of Wesley and Lempi (Tapio) Aho. John grew up and attended Effie Elementary School, and then the Bigfork High School.

He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith.

John had served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, and had been stationed in Okinawa.

He worked as a logger in the Bigfork area, and also had been employed by Smith Sanitation and Porta-Dock in Dassel. He had recently been employed as a United States Postal Service mail truck driver.

John enjoyed traveling, movies, and watching sporting events, especially the Minnesota Twins. He was a handyman, and could often be found working with the welder fixing his vehicles.

He is survived by his wife, Cathleen Aho of Dassel; step-children Jeremy Yost of St. Cloud, and Terri Smith of Grand Rapids; sister Florence (Don) Powell of Bigfork; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

John was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Ernie; and one sister, Helen.

A memorial service took place Saturday, Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel, with the Rev. Keith Carlson officiating. Interment followed at the Lake Union Covenant Cemetery in South Haven.

There was time to gather with the family one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.

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