Jan
01

Amundsen, Forrest “Butch” 77

Forrest “Butch” Amundsen passed away at his home in Cokato on December 25, 2020.
There will be a “Drive by Visitation” on the South Side of Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato, on January 12, 2021 From 1:30 – 4:00 PM
Forrest “Butch” Amundsen of Cokato, MN, age 77, passed away peacefully in his home on December 25, 2020. He was born August 2, 1943 to Bjarne and Helen Amundsen. He married Carol Kerber on October 12, 1968. Butch established the Norseman restaurant in Cokato in 1971 which he ran for many years and became an integral part of the community. In semi-retirement he also 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 D-C youth hockey program, volunteering many hours at the Corn Carnival, and community theater groups. He served as mayor for 9 years and on city council for 19 years. He was named 2020 citizen of the year 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 3 children and a loving papa to his 8 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. In lieu of flowers, donations preferred to FungusAmongus Players.

Dec
27

Jarl, Thomas Keith 90

Thomas Keith Jarl passed away on December 26th, 2020 in Litchfield, MN.
Tom was born on June 27th, 1930 at the Jarl home in West Albion where his family ran the creamery. He attended Gunnary School and then went on to graduate from Annandale High School. He attended a year and a half at the U of M before returning to the family business when his father passed away. He married the love of his life Joyce Kotila on May 5th, 1951 and went on to raise 11 children residing in the Dassel and Cokato areas. Tom worked for the Dekalb Hatchery, started his own construction company and built homes for 20 years, did a little farming, then eventually moved to Camp Chi Rho with his wife to manage the camp for 13 years. He enjoyed many years of retirement with his wife Joyce. He also enjoyed outdoors, gardening, hunting and fishing.
Tom was devoted to his Heavenly Father and enjoyed going to church and Bible studies. He was a mentor to all and showed love and kindness.
Tom was preceded in death by his wife Joyce, his parents Thomas Jarl and Mary Jarl Erickson, daughter Karen Hillstrom and grandchildren James Lantto, Daniel Jarl, Keith Larson and John Hillstrom. Survived by his children, Steven (Cheryl) Jarl, Vicki (Chris) Lantto, Janice Christenson, Kathy Jarl, Cindy (Mike) Worden, Shari (Phil) Rokala, Brenda (Cyrus) Welte, David (Susan) Jarl, Mary (Nathan) Ruonavaara, Joe (Kari) Jarl as well as 38 grandchildren and 37 great grandchildren. A funeral service was held at 1:00 PM on Monday, December 28, 2020 at the Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church in Cokato. Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato, www.swansonpeterson.com 320-286-2534

Dec
27

Kruzel, Roman “Buddy” 61

Roman “Buddy” Paul Kruzel age 61, of Howard lake passed away surrounded by his loved ones on December 26, 2020. He was born February 15, 1959 in Waconia, MN to Roman and Anna Kruzel. Roman was married to Jennie Nolby on July 30, 1988. They made their home in Howard Lake, MN. To this union two children were born, Colton and Leah.
Buddy enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening. He spent his time in the garage and with his family. He worked several years at Kalco Recovery LLC, and MBE. Buddy retired to take care of his sick wife.
Survived by his children, Colton (Cassie) and Leah Kruzel, grandchildren, Luke, McKayla, Maverick, Levi, Kayden, and new baby Kruzel due in august, many brothers and sisters, relatives and family members.
Preceded in death by his wife, Jennie, parents, Roman and Anna, sister, Janice and brother, Gordy.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 16, 2021 with visitation 1 hour prior at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Howard Lake, Minnesota, www.swansonpeterson.com, 320-543-3401

Dec
22

Martinson, James C. 64


Public Visitation: Tuesday, January 5, 2021, 4-8 PM at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home, Cokato. Covid 19 restrictions will be in place (mask and social distancing of 6 feet apart).
James Craig Martinson, age 64, of Cokato, passed away Saturday, December 19, 2020.

James was born in Litchfield, MN on January 6, 1956 to Arnold & Pauline (Clements) Martinson. He attended Elim Mission Church. While in school he was active in 4-H, Boy Scouts and various sports. He graduated from Dassel-Cokato High School in 1974. He attended some classes at Northwestern Bible College and then went on to Hutchinson Vocational Technical College and studied Automotive. On November 3, 1979 he married his High School sweetheart Debra (Berg) at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel, MN. They made Cokato their lifelong home and have settled just south of Cokato. The union was blessed with three children, Jimmy, Jessica and Joey.

Jim worked for Moberg Motors as an Auto Mechanic for several years. He spent 32 years working for the family business, Martinson Construction. Afterwards, he worked a variety of jobs including driving bus for DC which he really enjoyed.

He worked hard being a public servant. He served on the Cokato Fire Department for 30 years and the Cokato Ambulance for several of those years. He achieved many ranks in the Fire Department, retiring as a Captain. One of his greatest joys was serving on the department with his eldest son Jimmy. He was a lifetime volunteer at the Cokato Corn Carnival.

Jim was a general handyman, loved auto mechanics, classic cars, auto body, race cars, wood working, and collecting baseball memorabilia. He loved to spend time with his family and grandchildren. Jim always loved time spent at the family cabin in Effie, MN; fishing and swimming with the kids and grandchildren. He loved heading to car swap meets with the crew. Jim always loved a good breakfast at the DQ or Northwood’s Inn. He always loved family vacations spent in Arizona and Duluth.

Jim fought a hard battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. He first started showing symptoms in 2014 and his health gradually deteriorated before receiving a lung transplant in 2017. Though his health went back and forth after, Jim was grateful for the additional time he was able to spend with his friends and family.

Jim is survived by his wife, Debbie; three children, Jimmy (Janell) Martinson of Cokato, Jessica (Austin) Engelsmeier of Brownton, Joey Martinson (Shawna) of Monticello; seven grandchildren; Easton, Emma, Addison, Ellie, Gracelyn, Abram, Callan; two brothers John (Kristie) Martinson, Bruce (Shelley) Martinson and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents.

Dec
18

Berg, Kevin L. 63

Berg, Kevin Lindsey
age 63, of Winsted and formerly Cokato, passed away December 17, 2020. He was born on December 23, 1956 in Cokato, MN to Ferdinand and Mavis (Johnson) Berg. He was confirmed and baptized at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato and graduated from Dassel-Cokato High School in 1975.
Kevin was a fantastic volleyball player who enjoyed photography and had a knack for the computer and electronics. He also cared for and was a dedicated dog owner.
Preceded in death by his parents, brother, Julian, infant brother, Henry C. and niece, Whitney Berg.
He is survived by his brothers, Paul, Henry (Joyce), Stanley (Nancy), and Jeffrey (Rita), along with several other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, December 21, 2020 at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremations Services in Cokato, www.swansonpeterson.com 320-286-2534

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