July 12, 1950 — March 10, 2016
Jon was born in Astoria to Olavi and Diane Aho. He was raised in Redondo Hills, California, and later Seattle, Washington, where he graduated high school and attended college.
Jon returned to Astoria in 1970, and began working in the local canneries. He met the love of his life, Barbara Albertsen, in 1971. They were married in Reno, Nevada, on Oct. 16, 1971.
He began his apprenticeship as a meat cutter in 1974 at Astoria Public Market, and retired in June 2015 as meat department manager at Warrenton Main Street Market.
A man of many interests, Jon enjoyed outdoor activities, including fishing, metal detecting, gardening and beachcombing. He discovered a seashell that had never been catalogued. The Smithsonian requested a specimen to include in their collection, provisionally naming it after him: nedemete ahoii.
However, he found his greatest fulfillment when sharing his faith in Jesus Christ by passing out tracts, leading home Bible studies, children’s ministries, and serving in his local church leadership as deacon and elder. Many lives were positively impacted by his example.
Jon is survived by his wife, Barbara Aho, and his two children. His son, Bryan Aho, lives in Lewisville, Texas, with his wife, Sarah, and two children, Danae and Davin. His daughter, Heather Aho Morris, lives in Flower Mound, Texas, with her husband, Seth Morris, and three children, Gwendolyn, Breanne and Jaedon.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Olavi Aho and Diane Reitan Aho, as well as his younger brother, Curtis Olavi Aho.
A public viewing will be held at Caldwell’s Funeral & Cremation Arrangement Center in Seaside, Oregon, on Friday, March 18, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. A memorial service will be held afterwards at Seaside Calvary Church (corner of U.S. Highway 101 and Avenue A, across from McDonald’s) at 1 p.m.
Donations may be made to Seaside Calvary Church in Jon’s memory.
To share memories, an online guest book is available at www.caldwellsmortuary.com