|Birth: ||Jul. 1, 1915|
|Death: ||Apr. 6, 2005|
Silver Bow County
Obituary from Butte's Montana Standard 04/10/2005:
Ernest Wilfred Aho died Wednesday evening at the Evergreen of Butte following an extended illness.
Born July 1, 1915, in Republic, Mich., to Finnish immigrants Henry and Hilja Aho, Ernie was raised in the Lutheran Church. While in high school, his parents and four siblings moved from Republic to Ishpeming. He enjoyed playing football, ski jumped and had a job at a grocery store where he learned a lot of "old country" Finnish from the old Finn customers. After graduation, he joined his father as a miner for Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company in Ishpeming.
Ernie was drafted into the Army in 1940 and trained in North Carolina as part of a 90mm gun crew. Four days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, his unit was transferred to Ft. Lewis, Wash., to protect the bomber airfield there with a combination of anti-aircraft guns and tethered blimps.
In 1942 he volunteered to move to Butte as an Army miner. He was assigned to work with the old Finn miners who could not speak English. He worked for years as a timber man at the Emma mine and as miner at the Badger. After the 1959-60 strike, Ernie left the Anaconda Company to work for Stauffer Chemical. He also worked for Parsons Construction when they built the Clyde E. Weed Concentrator. He returned to Stauffer and retired from there as an operator in 1981.
Ernie married Butte native Ruth Kakela in 1950. He was an accomplished "hard firing left hander" bowler, and he and Ruth were longtime members of the Leagues for the ACM Club, Winter Garden and Star Lanes. He also enjoyed both summer and ice fishing, playing pinochle and cribbage and was a member of Butte Lodge No. 22. AF&AM and the Teamsters union. He was always good humored and had many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws, Elmer Jacob and Elizabeth Kakela; and by his brothers and sisters and their spouses, Toivo and Aili Aho, Walter and Roberta Aho, Ann and Joe Amell and Marnie and Walter Laitala. He was also preceded in death by a nephew; a niece; and by Gary's Godparents, Wally and Ruth Immonen.
Ernie is survived by and will be very missed by his wife of 54 years, Ruth; by his son and daughter-in-law, Gary E. and Ginny Aho and their son Jacob Ernest Aho, all of Spring, Texas. One nephew and three nieces also survive him.
Cremation has taken place in Butte. Memorial services will be conducted Monday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Phil Wold officiating. His family will receive friends at the funeral home beginning at 5 p.m. this (Sunday) afternoon. Private interment will take place at a later date.
Memorials: the American Cancer Society or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Hilja Wirtala Aho (1888 - 1959)
Walter Henry Aho (1908 - 1986)*
Ernest Wilfred Aho (1915 - 2005)
Mountain View Cemetery
Silver Bow County
Created by: A Marine's Daughter
Record added: Apr 21, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14017236