ARTHUR JULIUS “ART” LATTO
October 20, 1940 – July 29, 2018
Arthur Julius “Art” Latto, age 77 of Park Rapids, MN died Sunday, July 29, 2018 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Fargo, ND. Art was born on October 20, 1940 in Detroit Lakes, MN to John and Lorraine (Jones) Latto. He attended country school near his home. Art entered the United States Army on December 1, 1960 where he received his basic training at Fort Lewis, WA. Art was proud to have been selected to work for the Secret Service for a time. Following his honorable discharge, Art ventured to Alaska and worked as a heavy equipment operator with the 49ers. In the late 60’s, Art met Karen Harju of Park Rapids while she was a student at the University of MN. They were later married and began a busy and productive life together. In 1974, they ventured to Ontario, Canada where they built a life together in the aviation and outfitting industries. They owned and operated Art Latto’s Wilderness Cabins near Savant Lake, Ontario. Art, a licensed pilot, would fly his many repeat customers out to his modern cabins in the Canadian wilderness where they would enjoy fantastic fishing or bear & moose hunting. In addition he enjoyed bringing his daughter, Paula and son, Jacob into the family business. His life was deeply saddened by the death of his precious wife, Karen in 2011; his son, David in 2007 and his son, Artie in 1963. In addition to his love of flying, Art enjoyed hunting and had harvested his last deer in the fall of 2017. He also enjoyed collecting and tinkering with Model A antique cars and antique tractors. He enjoyed being a member of the Park Rapids Antique Tractor Club. He was a man of faith and enjoyed being a member of the Spruce Grove Apostolic Lutheran Church at Wolf Lake, MN. Art will be lovingly remembered by his daughter, Paula (David Bitker) Latto of Park Rapids and his son, Jacob (Holly) Latto of Savant Lake, Ont.; his dearly loved grandchildren and great grandchildren, l sister, Josie and l brother, Bob; three daughters from his first marriage; Carolynn, Cherie and Stacy, as well as numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews. Art was also preceded in death by one sister, Barbara. Memorial services will be held 11 AM Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at the Spruce Grove Apostolic Lutheran Church near Wolf Lake, MN with the Rev. Dennis Hannu and his lifelong friend, Rev. Elmer Yliniemi officiating. The organist will be Deb Aho. The urn bearer will be his granddaughter Alesha Jane “AJ” Hellkamp. Military honors will be provided by the Star Of The North Marine Corps League under the command of Mr. David Free. Following the service the church family will host a luncheon for all. Visitation will be held Monday evening August 6, 2018 from 5 to 7 PM at the Jones-Pearson Funeral Home in Park Rapids and will continue on Tuesday beginning one hour prior to the service at the church.
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