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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.

13 thoughts on “Arthur John Lehtonen, Sr.”

  1. Peter Esala says:

    Art was a great all around guy. We snowmobiled together together decades ago. Thank you for his 9 1/2 years of service in the Army National Guard . So sorry for your loss.

  2. Brian Martinson says:

    I worked with Art for 15 years @ LTV. I always enjoyed working with him. He was always kind, nice and appreciative of my suggestions.

  3. Arnold and Carla Boelk says:

    condolences to all. wonderful man.

  4. Gavin Johnson says:

    Rest In Peace for my dad’s uncle Art. He has many great things for the community and our family around the Range. Heaven must welcome him dearly. Sincerely, Gavin.

  5. Dawn Harju says:

    So sad to hear of cousin Arts passing. Very kind and gentle man. His music now will be enjoyed by many in heaven.

  6. Dawn Harju says:

    Cousin Art’s music will be enjoyed by many in heaven
    So sad. My condolences.

  7. Jalmer & Carol Jantunen says:

    Art’s cousin Jalmer and his wife send condolences to Arts family and he was a wonderful, thoughtful man. He took care of the Jantunen graves at the cemetery on Memorial Days as we could never get up to Virginia that often.

  8. Pat Maki says:

    Keep a song in your heart, Art
    Fellow accordion players.
    Pat Maki, Rod Maki, June Johnson

  9. Ronnie Boucher says:

    Condolences to Art’s Family. Truly enjoyed knowing him over the past 20 years. He played for our Finnish Americans and Friends, in Hibbing, and also for Roger’s and my 50th anniversary. He very much enjoyed the music, and people, and we enjoyed his talent. Rest in peace dear friend. Love and Prayers Ronnie Boucher

  10. Veronica Marie Boucher says:

    Sincere Condolences to the Family. We truly enjoyed getting to know Art over the past 20 years. We danced to his music and enjoyed talking to him. He played for our Finnish Americans and Friends in Hibbing, and also for Roger’s and My 50th Anniversary. Thank you Art for sharing your talents.
    Rest in peace. Love and Prayers Ronnie Boucher

  11. Carrie Calder says:

    You were a great man Art! We will miss seeing you!

  12. Corey Stephenson says:

    There will be some serious dancing in heaven.. Sorry for the loss of Art. He always had a smile. Prayers to the family

  13. Linda Tyssen says:

    Art was a kind and humble man who entertained many people with his accordion music. He will be missed at so many places — the area nursing homes, dances and the Wirtanen Farm Fall Festival. He is in heaven playing a Finnish song.

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09/14/2020 at 11:00 am
Range Funeral Homes, 16th Street North, Virginia, MN, USA

Visitation begins at 10:00 am