Arthur John Lehtonen, Sr.
03/01/1939 - 09/03/2020
Arthur “Art” John Lehtonen, Sr. passed away September 3, 2020 at his residence in Virginia. A funeral service will be held on Monday, September 14, 2020 at Range Funeral Home at 11:00 am with visitation one-hour prior. Burial will take place at Florenton Cemetery. Pastor Amy Janssen will officiate. Memorials are preferred to the Virginia Foundation in Art’s name. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com.
Art was born March 1, 1939 in Virginia to Arthur and Ila Lehtonen. Art was a hard-working miner for 43 years at LTV Mining. He also worked for the US Forest Service, was a Pike Township Constable and a Pike Township Fire Chief. In 1955 Art joined the Virginia National Guard where he was a heavy truck driver and a sharp shooter. He was honorably discharged in 1964. He loved his accordion and worked his life in polka music. He was a very good dancer, the ladies lined up to dance with him. Art was an excellent fisherman, hunter and woodsman. He always stayed busy and did everything with his two sons. Art would teach his grandson his knowledge. He was a very good trout fisherman and had a title of “Trout Master”. He always drew a crowd when he fished and everybody knew were the fish were. Art could fix everything and anything. He made the best skating rinks for the kids in Pike Township.
He is survived by his sister, Arlene (Dale) Wiermaa; son, Arthur John Lehtonen, Jr.; grandson, Leslie (Artie) Arthur Lehtonen; nieces, nephews, and many extended friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Leslie W. Lehtonen.