Dr. Aaron P. Antroinen

November 25, 1915October 6, 2012

Aaron (Andy, Doc) Peter Antroinen passed away Oct 6, 2012 in Austin, TX. He was born Nov. 25, 1915 in Cloquet, MN to John and Liisa (Snikkeri) Anteroinen.

Aaron graduated from Princeton, MN high school in 1934. He attended Iowa State University in Ames, IA; graduating in 1940 with a degree in Veterinary Medicine. While in college he was awarded the Lane-Welles Scholarship and was inducted into Phi Zeta Honorary Scholastic Society. Most significantly, he met his beloved wife Gladys Louise Fritz, at ISU. They were married March 28, 1941, in East Grand Forks, MN, and enjoyed over 71 years of loving companionship. From 1940-45 he was a federal meat inspector in northern Minnesota and Dubuque, IA, providing healthy and sanitary meat for US troops at war. In 1945 he established his large animal veterinary practice in Ortonville, MN, where he served the farmers in the surrounding area. He also was a member of the local Chamber of Commerce, and served on the local City Council. During that time, he took off two years (1947-48) to join the US Agriculture Division in Mexico, eradicating that country from the world-wide outbreak of Hoof & Mouth disease in livestock (US-Mexico Aftosa Commission).

In 1960 Aaron sold his veterinary practice and joined the US Agency for International Development (AID) as veterinary advisor to third world countries. He established livestock development and disease eradication programs in Ecuador, Uganda, Viet Nam, Mali, Haiti, Iran, and West Africa. While in Ecuador (1960-62), Aaron volunteered his services coordinating and completing the dream of his missionary friend Frank Drown to introduce a viable breed of cattle to the indigenous people of the upper Amazon jungle. Several calves were flown in one by one in a small single engine plane, and the descendants of those calves are still flourishing today. During his time in Uganda (1963-1971) he received the title honorary elder in the Buganda Tribe in recognition of his design and development of a tick eradication spray bath for cattle. His spray bath design became the prototype for spray baths used throughout East Africa. Following his assignment to Vietnam (1971-72) he was awarded the US Medal for Civilian Service in Vietnam.

Upon retiring from his veterinary career, Aaron and Gladys established their residence in Richmond, VA, where he enjoyed many years of golf and bridge. He earned his American Contract Bridge League Life Master Certificate (1993), and enjoyed golf well into his 90's. In 2001 he and Gladys moved to Georgetown, TX, where he continued several more years of golf and bridge. He and Gladys also enjoyed international vacation travel and several extended vacation cruises. Their trip to Finland was especially memorable visiting the hometowns of his parents and meeting extended family members. Aaron and Gladys moved to Austin in 2010. Throughout his adult life he has been a member of the Methodist church, attending regularly wherever they have lived.

Aaron is preceded in death by his daughter, Kathryn Elizabeth; his parents, John and Liisa; his sister, Hilda Anteroinen Dorn; and brothers, Edwin Anteroinen and Wayne Anteronen. He is survived by his beloved wife of 71 years, Gladys Louise Fritz; daughters, Mary Jo and husband Steve Rekedal of Austin, TX; and Barbara and husband John Page, of Las Vegas NV; and his sons, David and wife Lu Antroinen of Waldorf, MD; and Jeffrey and wife Sue of La Plata, MD; grandchildren, Catherine (Antroinen) and husband Michael Dilley of Chesapeake, VA; Tom Antroinen of Eaton, NC; Richard and wife Vicki Rekedal of Pasadena, CA; Robin (Rekedal) and husband Steve Smith of Delhi, India; and Erin and Megan Antroinen of La Plata, MD; plus twelve great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Elna Anteroinen DeHarpporte of Minneapolis, MN; and his brother, Arvid and wife Nel Anteroinen of McLean, VA; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank the compassionate and loving care of all the staff at Arden Courts Alzheimer's Care facility in Austin, and the caregivers and medical staff of Odyssey Hospice. Memorial contributions may be made to the Capital of Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer's Assoc.

Visitation will be held 6:00-8:00 PM, Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills Funeral Home, 9700 Anderson Mill Rd., Austin, TX 78750. A funeral service will held 3:30 PM, Thursday, October 11, 2012 at Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills. The family will host a Reception at their home following the service. Directions will be provided after the service.


  • Visitation Wednesday, October 10, 2012
  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 11, 2012

Dr. Aaron P. Antroinen

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Mary Jo Rekedal

December 12, 2012

Dear Family,
This is a poem I found among Dad's papers, and read at the funeral. These were his thoughts. May you be comforted in the reflection. We miss him deeply, and look forward to the Day we will all be together around the Throne of Grace.

"When I come to the end of the road and the sun has set for me,
I want no rites in a gloom filled room.
Why cry for a soul set free?

Miss me a little, but not too long, and not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared.
Miss me, but let me go.

For this is a journey we all must take, and each must go alone.
It's all a part of the Master's plan, a step on the road to home.

When you are lonely and sick of heart, go to the friends we know.
Bury your sorrow in doing good deeds.
Miss me, but let me go."

With love and shared sorrow,
Mary Jo

Rita (Johnson) Verheul

October 25, 2012

Dave, I'm sorry to read of the loss of your Father. I had no idea he led such an interesting and productive life since he left Ortonville. Take care, Rita

Kristin (Irish) Kile

October 12, 2012

Mary Jo...what an amazing life your father had! I enjoyed reading about all that he accomplished and the legacy he leaves behind. He had a full and meaningful life. Thoughts and prayers with you and the family during this time and still rejoicing with you that he has been made whole.

Renee Voss

October 11, 2012

Dear Gladys, Mary Jo, Barbara and family,
My prayers are with you at this sad time. You are all so special. Your love is an inspiration to families everywhere. We will certainly miss seeing our beloved Dr. A.
With sincere condolences,
Renee Voss (Renny's daughter)

Arv & Nell Anteroinen

October 11, 2012

Arv and I want the family to know how sorry we are to hear the bad news. Even thou we can't be with you our thoughts and prayers will be there.
Love, Arv and Nell

Sharon Kern

October 10, 2012

"My prayers and thoughts are with Mrs. Antroinen and family. May the Lord shower you with peace and wonderful memories."

Gwen Henson

October 10, 2012

Aaron was easily one of my favorite clients. In the initial years of working together I enjoyed researching for him and discussing specific investments, and I have treasured the friendship and trust from your entire family as we planned for Aaron & Gladys's needs in the past several years. Aaron had a kind heart and a brilliant mind. What a blessing Aaron was, he will be missed. I pray for your peace and comfort during this time. God bless you all.

October 10, 2012

Please know that we have all of you in our thoughts and prayers in this time of sorrow. Charlotte and Dez Hill (Oil City, LA)

Kirby and Susan Rekedal

October 10, 2012

We think of Andy in all of his life, and the unimaginable number of lives his work has touched. May all our memories embrace the fullness of that life, and be a source of love and support in this our time of grief.

Ken and Marty St. Onge

October 9, 2012

Ken and I join you and so many others in prayer and love during this time of sorrow. You are loved and we pray God's gentle comfort and mercy for you and your entire family.