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December 10, 1923 – Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Service Information
Laestadian Lutheran Church, 741 Ibarra A
Wednesday, July 6. 2011

Visitation Information

Eric Elmer Laho, age 87, of Buffalo, Minnesota, passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2011 in Buffalo Hospital.

He was born December 10, 1923 in Baraga, Michigan, the son of Matt and Wilhelmiina (Riisumaki) Laho. He grew up in Upper Michigan and lived there for many years until moving to the Buffalo area. He was joined in holy marriage to Lillian Belttari and to that union eight children were born.

Eric was an active member of the Rockford Laestadian Lutheran Church. He was an avid golfer, excellent gardener, and in his younger years enjoyed hunting. He was a “people person” and was much loved by all who knew him and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his children: Judith (Tim) Krey of North Aurora, IL, David (Anita) Laho of Milford, MI, Elizabeth (Michael) Bowen of Snohomish, WA, Richard (Barb) Laho of Buffalo, MN, Janet (Kevin) Simonson of Cape Creek, AZ and Joseph (Kathy) Laho of Corcoran, MN; 65 grandchildren and 121 great-grandchildren; sister, Sylvia Manninen of Negaunee, MI. He is also survived by many other relatives and friends.

Eric was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian (Belttari) Laho; son, Alfred Laho; daughter, Gloria Laho and 2 grandchildren.

Funeral Services for Eric Elmer Laho will be held at 10:00am Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at the Laestadian Lutheran Church, 741 Ibarra Avenue NE, St. Michael, MN. Pastor Jouko Haapsaari will conduct the service.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 5th from 5-9pm at the Laestadian Lutheran Church. Further visitation will be held on Wednesday morning July 6th one hour prior to the service.

Pallbearers will be Ken Arvola, Jim Krey, Jason Bowen, Ryan Laho, Shannon Simonson and Doug Laho. Burial with full military honors will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Mark And LaRina Jarvi

    Remembering the Laho Family In Prayer! Love And God’s Peace
    Mark & LaRina Jarvi And Family

  2. David Halonen

    I have many memories of Eric and will remember his kind nature and smiling face. My sorrow goes to the family.

  3. Norm and Maxine Honkala

    We were very saddened to hear of Uncle Eric’s passing and sorry that we could not be with all of you during this difficult time. We are assured that he has achieved his final victory and is in a better place. However, we will miss his visits to the U.P. and our home as we always enjoyed our time spent with him. Our heartfelt sympathy to all of you and we remember you in prayer. God’s Peace! Norm and Max

  4. Don & Pauline Lahti

    Sharing our condolences with the children and grandchildren of Eric Laho.

  5. Clyde Narhi

    Uncle Eric was an inspiration to so many of us, as was Aunt Lil. Will visit with them in our memories often.


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