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Thomas Ahl

Thomas J. Ahl, age 72, of Lafayette, Minnesota, passed away Saturday, August 28, 2021, at his residence in Lafayette. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, September 11, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Lafayette with interment in the Winthrop Cemetery. A gathering of family and friends will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Clergy officiating will be Pastor Heidi Hagstrom. Guitarist Renee Fuch. Soloist Laura Hagen. Congregational hymns “Beautiful Savior”, “How Great Thou Art”, and “On Eagle’s Wings.” Tom is survived by his: wife, Jean Ahl of Lafayette, MN; children, Ashley Ahl and her husband, Eugene Harrigan, of Cottage Grove, MN, Jeffery Ahl and his wife, Tracey, of White Bear Lake, MN, Chad Ahl and his wife, Alecia, of Fargo, North Dakota, Amber Huisinga and her husband, Jared, of Spicer, MN; grandchildren, Ivy Harrigan, Addyson Ahl, MacArthur Ahl, Julia Ahl, Eliott Huisinga, and Isaac Huisinga; sister, Lauren Achterkirch and her husband, Peter, of Wadena, MN; many nieces, nephews, and friends. Tom is preceded in death by his parents, Laurence and Hilma Ahl. Thomas Jeffrey Ahl was born on July 11, 1949, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was the son of Laurence and Hilma (Bondhus) Ahl. Tom was baptized as an infant in Stordan, Minnesota, and later confirmed in his faith as a youth at First Lutheran Church in Winthrop. He received his education in Winthrop, Minnesota, and was a graduate of Winthrop High School class of 1967. On October 30, 1970, Tom was united in marriage to Jean Blankenhagen in Brookings, South Dakota. This marriage was blessed with four children, Ashley, Jeffery, Chad, and Amber. Tom and Jean resided in Lafayette. They shared almost 51 years of marriage. Tom was employed as a truck driver for Lafayette Ready Mix, Langhoff Truck Line and Kraft Transport. He was a conscientious driver and was awarded the 3 Million Miles No Accident Award. In October 2004, he retired from Kraft Transport. Following his retirement from Kraft, Tom started working at the Lafayette UFC-Fertilizer Division, and re-retired in 2019. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Lafayette. Tom loved old schooner sailboats and had several tattoos. He was an avid hydroplane racer for several years. Tom enjoyed motorcycling, mowing, skeet/trap shooting, spending winters in South Padre Island, Texas and summers at the lake. He loved the Green Bay Packers. Tom and Jean were office holders at the Winthrop Game Protective League for ten years. Tom passed away on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at his residence in Lafayette, at the age of 72 years. Blessed be his memory. The family invites everyone to the luncheon at the church immediately following the service. Arrangements by the Dalin-Hantge Chapels in Winthrop. Online Obituaries and Guest Book available at

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