Robert William Ruonavaara

KALISPELL, Montana — Robert William Ruonavaara, 101, of Kalispell, Montana, passed away in the early hours on January 13, 2018.

Robert was born on August 3, 1916, in Jacobsville, a son of the late Nils and Hilda (Muonio) Ruonavaara. He lived in Jacobsville until his father died in 1920. Then his mother moved the family to Hancock. He lived in Hancock until August 2004 when he moved to Kalispell, Montana.

Robert attended the Hancock Schools until the eleventh grade.

Robert was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army Air Corp from February 11, 1942, til December 28, 1945, during WWII.

On January 23, 1943, he was united in marriage to the former Anna Irene Halberg, she preceded him in death on December 20, 1975. Later Robert married Janet Arline Jouppe on May 12, 1979, in Calumet, she preceded him in death on October 28, 1989.

Robert worked at the Vienna Bakery in Calumet, and was a carpenter most of his life.

Robert was a lifelong member of the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church.

Preceding him in death are his wives; his parents; his brother, Walter (Arnold) Ruonavaara; his sister, Flora Hendrickson and Elma Eloranta; two children, Ethel Ritola and Robert Ruonavaara; two grandchildren, Tonya Levanen and Evan Wisti; and one great-grandchild, Lineesa Abernathy.

Surviving are his children, Elaine (Gunnar) Ek of Battle Ground, Washington, Nils (Christine) Ruonavaara of Atlantic Mine, Annette (Steve) Levanen of Hancock, Anita (Dennis) Jouppe of Hancock, Linda (John) Wisti of Lonepine, Montana, Lillian (Daniel) Macfarlane of Kalispell, Montana, Juanita (Scott) Reddig of Kalispell, Montana, Marie Ruonavaara of Kalispell, Montana, and David (Lacey) Ruonavaara of Woodland, Washington; one son-in-law, Irvin Ritola of Yacolt, Washington; one daughter-in-law, Ingrid Milbrandt of Kalispell, Montana; 91 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a host of Christian friends.

A visitation was held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church in Lakeside. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church in Lakeside with a viewing one hour prior to service. Spring burial with military honors will take place in the Lakeview Cemetery in Calumet.

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The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Hancock are assisting the family with the local arrangements.