Thomas H. Lehtola, age 66, of Cokato, passed away peacefully Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.
Thomas was born June 3, 1954, at Cokato Hospital to Henry and Dorothy (Saari) Lehtola of rural Cokato. He was baptized at French Lake church, and confirmed at Cokato Evangelical Lutheran in Cokato.
Tom attended Cokato Elementary School and graduated from Dassel-Cokato High School in spring 1973. During high school, Tom was an active member of the wrestling and football teams.
Tom loved the Minnesota Twins, Vikings, and Gopher football teams. He was a lifelong fan.
After high school, Tom worked various jobs around the Cokato and Dassel communities. He never strayed far from Cokato.
Tom was diagnosed with lung cancer late in 2018. He put forth a determined and brave fight against cancer with his strong Finnish sisu.
Tom is survived by his beloved son, Justin (Chelsey); granddaughters, Lynnea and Leila of Eden Valley, MN; sister, Teri (Bruce) Larsen of New Port Richey, FL; brother, Douglas Lehtola of Richmond, MN; nephews, Nicholas (Felecia), and Chad Larsen; niece, Katie Larsen; and many cousins on both the Saari and Lehtola sides.Tom is further survived by many lifelong friends; and his special bud Mike Wuollet.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents.
Tom’s ashes will be spread by his family at a future date, along with a celebration of life get-together. Cremation is being handled by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home Cokato.
Tom’s family sincerely thanks his friends for the many rides and errands provided to Tom over the years. You all were a blessing to him.