James (Roy) Anttila
James (Roy) Anttila, formerly of Mass City and Greenland, passed away Sunday, October 29, 2017, in New Port Richey, Florida, with his family by his side.
Jim was born on May 9, 1931, to Tyyne (Aho) and Frank Anttila in Mass City, one of six children. He married Patricia Morse of Greenland on December 29, 1951, and together they had five children.
Jim was a talented athlete and a member of the 1948 Mass Rockets State Championship team, graduating from Mass-Greenland High School in 1949. He also played baseball for Mass City as a left handed pitcher, and was known to pitch many no hitters. After he entered the US Army in 1952, he played on his Army basketball team in Germany, where they won the European Championships. Jim coached youth baseball for Mass-Greenland for many years, during which time he was a positive influence on many youth in the community. He was a lifelong fan of major league baseball, especially the Detroit Tigers.
Jim worked hard all of his life, working in the woods as a youth, for 32 years for Copper Range in White Pine, and another 12 years at Aeroaire after he and Pat moved to Florida in 1984.
His example of hard work was passed down to his children and grandchildren. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to family, friends and neighbors and never complained even in his final illness. He showed true SISU to the end.
Jim is survived by his wife of 66 years, Patricia; five children, Mary Jane Anttila (William Sorenson), James Anttila (Michele), Julie Anttila (Mark Prairie), Michelle Shafron (Chris Malenzi), and Angela Pattison (Michael); nine grandchildren, Jaysen Schaffer (Andrew Wagner), Danielle Strong, Joe Anttila (Vanessa), Sean McConahay (Katie) Leah Anttila (Jeff Urban), Kristy White (Cory Brock), Laurel Chafey (Chris), Michelle Pattison (Jay Stanley) and Michael White (Ashley); three stepgrandchildren, five greatgrandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.
He is further survived by his sister, Estelle Merigian of Royal Oak; brothers, Arnold “Manny” (Marilyn) Anttila of Ontonagon, Ronald “Rusty” (Geri) Anttila of Mass City; brothers and sisters in law, Jerry (Marilyn) Hokkanen of Greenland, and Mac (Collen) Morse of Los Angeles, California, plus numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Jim was predeceased by his parents; brother, Douglas Anttila; sister, Jean Schires; step-grandson, Micheal Shafron; and infant grandson, Michael Strong.
Burial Services will be held in the spring at Maple Grove Cemetery in Greenland.