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Walter Paul Aho

Walter Paul Aho

Walter Paul Aho, 87, of White Bear Lake, Minn., formerly of Mahtowa and North Branch, Minn., died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. Wally was born on Sept. 19, 1926, in Mahtowa. He was the seventh of 13 children born to John and Heta (Walitalo) Aho.

After graduating from Barnum High School in 1944, Wally entered the U.S. Army and served in World War II. When he was discharged in 1946, he worked in the Cloquet area. In 1950, he married Joanne Wills and they moved to St. Cloud, Minn., so Wally could pursue a teaching degree under the GI bill. He taught industrial arts for 30 years, three years in Warroad, Minn., from 19541957 and the remainder in North Branch.

In 1970 he met Sue Shepherd, a teacher new to North Branch High School. They were married two years later and lived in North Branch until 1984 when they moved to Sue's childhood home in White Bear Lake where they were residing when Wally died.

Wally was preceded in death by his parents, 10 siblings, and his children's mother.

He leaves behind his wife of 42 years, Sue; six children, Walter "Steve," Ron (Kathy), Sharon (Kevan) Swenson, Diane Higley, Brian (Peggy) and Jay, all of North Branch; two brothers, Archie of Somerville, Texas, and Melvin of Barnum; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives, colleagues, and friends.

Visitation: Saturday, April 5, from 1 p.m. until the 2:30 p.m. memorial service in Atkins-Northland Funeral Home, Cloquet, followed immediately by a dinner in the Fireside Room of the funeral home. Inurnment will be in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Garnet Masonic Lodge No. 166 of White Bear Lake or to the Twin Cities' Honor Flight, which makes it possible for World War II veterans to visit Washington, DC for the day at no cost.

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April 3, 2014 ~ Pine Journal, Cloquet, Minn.