James C. Aho, 86

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The world was a better place with the presence of an honest and humble man, like you.

James C. Aho, 86, passed away Jan. 15, 2020.

James C. Aho was born Nov. 18, 1933, in Belden, North Dakota, to August and Myrtle Aho. James and his siblings Olga, Ina (twin to Yuva who died at birth), Joe, Robert, Evelyn, Alan (surviving), Della, David, Joann, Betty (surviving) and Rita (surviving) were raised on a small family farm. As a teenager, James made the courageous decision to dedicate himself to the Armed Forces as he enlisted in the United States Army. At the young age of 19 he began what would be a lifelong career. James served multiple tours in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. During his time in the Army, James earned two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars. After 22 years, James retired at the rank of master sergeant in Salt Lake City and then settled with his family in Kalispell.

While stationed in Japan, James met the love of his life, Kazuko Tashiro. They were married for 60 wonderful years until Kazuko passed away on Oct. 15, 2015. They are both survived by their children, Kazuko (Shirley), George, Emy, Johnny and Anna. Their love created six children (including Jean who passed as an infant), 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren who live all across the United States.

James wasnít just a dedicated father, grandfather and great-grandfather, but the neighborhood dad as well. The Aho house became the home on the block where friends and neighbors could gather and know they would always be welcomed with love and respect. The lives James touched with his jokes and charm were countless.

After his time in the Army, James started his business, Jimís Locksmith and Sharpening. He was an active member in the community, serving as both member and commander of Cooties and the VFW Post 2252. He was considered a lifelong friend to anyone who crossed his path. To say James was a family man is an understatement, as he was the kind of man every family wishes for, but only God can create.

In honor of James C. Aho, shake the hand of another human being, give a hug or a genuine smile.

This is the kind of legacy he left the world.

He will be profoundly missed, but never forgotten.

A veteranís 21-gun salute for James will be held on Friday, Jan. 24, at Depot Park in Kalispell. Bugle Taps will play at 2 p.m.

Friends are encouraged to visit the website www.buffalohillfh.com to leave notes of condolence for the family. Buffalo Hill Funeral Home and Crematory is caring for the family.

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