Jon Tonkin

February 24, 1957 - May 2, 2024

Jon A. Tonkin, age 67, of Prior Lake, died peacefully at home after an extended illness on Thursday, May 2, 2024. Jon was born on February 24, 1957, in St. Paul to Robert and Edna (Koski) Tonkin. He grew up in Roseville and went to work as a clerk at the Veterans Administration. It was there that he met Debbie Pexa when both of them were playing on the federal employees softball team. They were married on April 28,1979 at St. Patrick of Cedar Lake Catholic Church. Following 3 years with the VA, Jon began his 35-year career as an inspector and supervisory inspector for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Jon loved all sports and had a special affection for watching baseball. He enjoyed playing golf, all manner of card games, and was especially talented at bowling. He was hard working but also had a penchant for fun, telling stories and jokes, even able to fire off a joke up until the day before he died. He was a reluctant lover of cats and became the definite favorite person of his daughter’s cat. In the end, his body was donated to the U of M Bequest Program and his legacy will continue to live on through the benefits of that program. He lived hard, fought hard, and made the most of the life he had here, taken all too soon.

Jon is survived by his wife, Debbie; daughters, Laura (Mike) Van Vertloo, Emily Tonkin (Ben Stelmach), & Victoria Tonkin; grandsons, Cole, Edwin, & Ian; brothers, Ross (Sue) Tonkin & Jeff Tonkin; sister, Penny (Andy) Hoffman. He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Pat Larson.

A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2024, at 11:00 AM at St. Patrick of Cedar Lake Church in rural Jordan, with Father Michael Miller officiating. Visitation will take place Monday from 4-7 PM at church. There will be no morning visitation. Lunch will follow the service in the church hall.

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Jennifer Kajer
1 month ago

My sympathy for your great loss! He will remain in your hearts. Prayers for peace.

Bill Beach
1 month ago

I’m very sorry to hear of Jon’s untimely passing. I worked with Jon in Minneapolis. May the Lord, Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph and all of the Saints welcome him into their warm loving embrace as the Angels lift him to his eternal glory.

Annette Schilling
1 month ago

God be with you all. When a branch breaks away from you’re family tree, you feel an empty spot on earth. One day you will join hands and rejoice together.
Fill your mind with all the good memories and remember the laughter and smiles you shared here on earth
God Bless
Annette and Ron

Ted Thomas
1 month ago

I am sorry for your family’s loss. Jon was a great coworker and was one of the first Inspectors I met when I moved to Minneapolis from San Francisco. My family has you in our prayers. Sincerely Ted Thomas

Debbie Beckman
1 month ago

Debbie & Family
Thoughts and Prayers to you and your family. I know Jon had been going through so much these last few years. Rest in peace Jon
Deb and Jim Beckman

Carol Rodda
1 month ago

Debbie, I’m so sorry to hear of Jon’s passing. He was such a fun guy! Praying for you and your family as you say “goodbye for now.”

Mary Allen
1 month ago

Debbie & Family,
Jon was a great human & wonderful bowler. He will be missed. Our prayers are with you.
Take Care,
Mary Allen & Chuck Wilkinson

Dorothy Miller
1 month ago

Debbie and Family ,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Hold onto all the love and memories you shared with Jon.
God Bless, Dorothy Miller

LuVerne Verhoeven
1 month ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Debbie. Our deepest sympathies. Tim & LuVerne Verhoeven

Mary McFarlane
1 month ago

Deb, I’m so sorry to hear this. May your wonderful memories keep Jon with you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Alice Poulter
1 month ago

Deb – oh my gosh – I’m so sorry to hear of Jon’s passing. I know he has had multiple medical issues these past few years. Although he is now at peace, it certainly doesn’t make it any easier for those who loved him and are now left with a huge void in their heart. I send strength, love, hope and compassion to you as you and the family move forward. Peace to you.

Kathy Chlan
1 month ago

I am so sorry for your loss Debbie. It is so hard to see classmates suffering the loss of a spouse when these are supposed be the golden years. May he rest in peace and the perpetual light of God shine upon him in his glorious kingdom. Our prayers for you my dear that God surround you with his grace.

Maureen Feyder
1 month ago

Debbie, I’m so sorry for your loss! I wish I could be there for you but I will be out of town. If there is anything I can do please let me know.

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