Edwin Walter Tolkkinen, age 86, of Cokato, passed away Monday, April 4, 2016, at his home.
He was born Aug. 16, 1929, in Minneapolis, to August and Ellen (Heikkila) Tolkkinen. Ed was raised in Minneapolis, in the area known as the “Near North Side” or “Finn Town.”
He was baptized into the Lutheran faith Dec. 15, 1929; and confirmed April 9, 1944, by Pastor Adolph North of the Apostolic Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.
Ed was a current member of Mt. Olive Evangelical Lutheran Church in Delano.
He graduated from North High School, and attended the Minnesota School of Business until he was drafted into the US Army during the Korean War, where he served as a high-speed radio operator in the Signal Corps, stationed in Sendai, Japan.
Ed is survived by his loving wife of 54 and two-thirds years, Sandra (Tulkki); children; Craig (Annette) of Dassel, Connie (Dean) Jarvie of Jackson, WY, Carolyn (Lars) Impola of Delano, Loren (Susan) of Menahga, Christine (Richard) Pietila of Howell, MI, Brian (Katheryn) of Delano, Michael of Montrose, and Joan (Christopher) Ramberg of Brighton, MI; 43 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and brothers, William (Mary) of Fulton, MI, and Paul (Anita) of Big Lake.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Dorothy (Bob) Koski, and Kathryn (Lawrence) Stonelake.
Ed will be missed by numerous friends and relatives.
His funeral service took place Saturday April 9 at 2 p.m. at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church of Delano. Interment will be at the Cokato Finnish Cemetery at a later date.
There was visitation Friday, April 8 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato, and Saturday, one hour prior to the service at the church.
Arrangements were with Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Service; www.swansonpeterson.com.