Forrest “Butch” Amundsen of Cokato, age 77, passed away peacefully in his home Dec. 25, 2020.
A drive-by public visitation will take place Tuesday, Jan. 12 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on the south side of Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato.
In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to FungusAmongus Players.
Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato is serving the family.
Forrest “Butch” was born Aug. 2, 1943, to Bjarne and Helen Amundsen. He married Carol Kerber Oct. 12, 1968.
Butch established the Norseman restaurant in Cokato in 1971. He ran the Norseman for many years, and became an integral part of the community.
In semi-retirement he worked for Clinic Cab and Village Ranch. He truly enjoyed his time with his customers, clients, and co-workers.
Butch dedicated many hours and years of service to Cokato and the surrounding communities. His contributions include, but are not limited to, establishing the Dassel-Cokato youth hockey program, volunteering many hours at the Corn Carnival, and community theater groups.
Butch served as mayor of Cokato for nine years, and on the Cokato City Council for 19 years. He was named the Cokato Citizen of the Year in 2020 for his countless years of service. He was also a major contributor to the Winstock festival for many years.
Butch was a devoted father to his three children, and a loving papa to his eight grandchildren.
He is survived by his sister, Goodie (Peter) Schmitz; brother, Tim Amundsen; son, Darren (Rachel) Amundsen; daughter, Michelle Pariseau; and son, Jeff (Niki) Amundsen.
Butch was preceded in death by his wife, Carol, of 52 years just a month earlier; and his brother, Tom (Michele) Amundsen.