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Arlo H. Tostenson

September 7, 1930 ~ March 6, 2020 (age 89)



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Arlo Tostenson, of Milan, passed away Friday, March 6, 2020 at Luther Haven Nursing Home in Montevideo at the age of 89.

Arlo Harvey Tostenson was born September 7, 1930 to Edwin and Eleanor Tostenson in their country home in Chippewa county. Arlo had three siblings, one brother and two sisters and grew up on the family farm not far from where Arlo would spend his life farming. He was baptized and confirmed at Jevnaker Lutheran Church.   Arlo attended country school and later attended school in Milan and graduated from Milan High School in 1948.  He met and married the love of his life Janet Hortense Olson on September 30, 1951. Together they had six children and raised a wonderful family while operating their family farm.  A proud veteran of the Korean Conflict, Arlo enlisted and served in the Army from 1954 – 1956, based in Oahu at Schofield Barracks Army Base. Due to his service, Arlo was a member of the Milan Legion and Montevideo VFW.

Arlo’s favorite things included spending time with family, playing cards (buck tournaments in particular), golf, pool and bowling leagues, fall deer hunting trips up north, sitting on his favorite tractor and enjoying his barn.  He was proud of his Norwegian heritage.  Arlo loved Janet’s baking and all of the sweets she lovingly prepared for him, as well as ending the day with a nice glass of whiskey with one ice cube while watching the sun go down. He was a very proud father, grandfather and great grandfather.  He rejoined his heavenly family on his late mother’s birthday where they celebrated together as he was welcomed to heaven.

Arlo is survived by his loving wife Janet; children, Mike (Renae) Tostenson, of Appleton, MN, Laurie (Gary) Borgendale, of Blaine, MN, Gary (Jolie) Tostenson, of Mina Lake, SD, Robert (Jennifer) Tostenson, of Milan, MN, Paul (Connie) Tostenson, of Milan, MN, and Julie (Noah) Wilcox, of Grand Rapids, MN; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Wayne Gustafson; sister-in-law, Darlene Tostenson; and numerous extended family and friends.

Arlo was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Burt Larson and Dorothy Gustafson; brother, Ken Tostenson; sister-in-law, Sally Tostenson, Arlene Grossman, and Carol Olson; and brothers-in-law, Wally Larson, Kenny Anderson, and Russ Olson.

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