LITTLEFORK -- Ervin N. Ohotto, of Littlefork, Minn., died Saturday, June 11, 2005. He was 87 years old.
Ervin was born in Little Falls on June 20, 1917, to Thomas Lester and Mae Richie Ohotto. He completed seventh grade in Bear River School, spent time in CCC Camp and joined the U.S. Air Force in 1941. After his honorable discharge he joined the U.S. Army Calvary. He served during World War II and the Korean War and was discharged in 1952.
Ervin logged in the Littlefork area for several years and worked at Vessies Saw Mill. He drove an ambulance for 18 years. In 1972 he started Ohotto Backhoe Service and ran it until 2004. He spent many winters in Mason City, Iowa, plowing snow and having coffee with his many friends at the coffee shop. Ervin enjoyed raising geese and chickens and was a member of the VFW.
Ervin married Geri Rahto in April 2002. They moved to Brainerd in October of 2004.
Ervin is survived by his wife, Geri; sons, Irvin "Fred" (Kathy) Ohotto, of St. Peter, Minn., Ron (Juanita), of Mason City, Iowa; five grandchildren, Ron Ohotto, Mike Ohotto, Neil Ohotto, Casey Ohotto and Kara Hanson; 12 great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Jackie and Mike Britton Wing, Marge (Wayne) Hillman, John (Rachael) Rahto, Tom (Melissa) Rahto, all of Brainerd, Judy (Gerald) Thorson, Teri Medecke, of Littlefork, Minn.; 17 stepgrandchildren; and nine stepgreat-grandchildren. His sisters, Helen Hart, of Silver Bay, Minn., Anna Mae Cook, of Houston, Minn., and Doris Shattic, of California.
He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; three sisters; and one granddaughter, Stephanie Jo Ohotto, who greeted her papa with open arms at the heavenly gates.
Ervin will be greatly missed by many.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 14, 2005, at the Littlefork Lutheran Church from 6-8 and funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 2005, at 11 a.m. also at the Littlefork Lutheran Church with full military rites.
Interment will be in Oakley Cemetery in Littlefork, Minn.
Arrangements are with Green-Larsen Mortuary Inc. of International Falls.
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