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John C. Lehti

1955 ~ 2023 (age 68) 68 Years Old
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John Lehti Obituary

John C. Lehti left this world on November 29, 2023, at the age of 68, Born in Winton, MN, in 1955, to Gustoff Lehti and Emma (Columbus) Lehti. John grew up surrounded by the beauty of nature in Isabella MN and Nett Lake MN with time spent on Lake Vermilion with Family.

John started his education in Silver Bay and graduated from Ely Memorial High School in 1974. He entered the logging industry as a self-employed entrepreneur, but later shifted to becoming a heavy equipment operator at North Shore Mining, where he worked until his retirement.

John had a strong passion for the outdoors. He enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing, and ricing. These activities became more than hobbies for John; they were his way of connecting with the world around him, his family, and appreciating God's creation.

John's life revolved around his deep, personal faith in Jesus. This strong belief gave him strength, comfort, and a sense of purpose beyond earthly existence. He viewed himself as a traveler on a temporary journey, anticipating eternal life with the Lord. Eager to share his revelation, he invited others to experience the fulfillment and hope he found in his faith.

His childlike spirit and light-hearted nature endeared him to everyone he encountered. His family, friends, and community will always remember his steadfast presence, unwavering ability to tell a joke, and his ability to make everyone feel special.

He was a proud father to his six children: Alicia (Todd), Chris (Jenna), Jonathan (Allison), Hannah (Cheyenne), Emily (Brandon), and Andrew; and stepdaughters: Angie and Rachel. He was even more overjoyed to be a grandfather to his seventeen grandchildren: Jakson, Ellie, Parker, Bryce, Matayah, Morgan, Emma, Ryan, Brynn, Hayden, Max, Liam, Tanner, Kai, Brody, River, and Nora; and the mother of his children and friend: Jeannine Adams (Norm) of Embarrass. Sisters: Stella and Denise and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation: will be from 10:00AM until the Memorial Service at 11:00AM on Friday, December 15, 2023, at Grace and Truth Bible Church in Virginia. Pastors Joe and Randy Reed will officiate.

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Gathering of Family and Friends
December 15, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Grace and Truth Bible Church
601 12th Street North
Virginia, MN 55792

Memorial Service
December 15, 2023

11:00 AM
Grace and Truth Bible Church
601 12th Street North
Virginia, MN 55792


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