John R. Pietila

CALUMET — Our loving father, John R. Pietila, 86, passed away in his Calumet home on Saturday, February 10, 2018.

He was born to Richard O. and Ida (Ranta) Pietila on March 6, 1931, in Raymbaultown.

He attended the local schools and had humble beginnings at his Swedetown home. That was the start of his farming days, where he learned to work the land and harvest the fruits, vegetables and berries he enjoyed.

John worked for Calumet & Hecla Mining Company as a pipeman for five years underground from 1950-1955.

On November 5, 1955, he married his lovely wife of 60 years, Dorothy Lohman in Milwaukee; there they raised their four kids.

John was a hardworking machinist, and worked for a number of companies gaining knowledge of his trade. He retired from Louis Allis after 28 long years of labor.

We are proud of his hard work ethic and take pride in his Finnish heritage, in which he was so proud. He was packed with SISU, spoke the Finnish language and interpreted for others as needed.

John was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed traveling. He often would warmly reflect on his hunting trips in Wyoming, Canada, and other U.S. locations.

He did a lot of auto and tractor repair. He also bought and collected a variety of cars throughout the years. Boating, hunting, and fishing are all the things he enjoyed doing around here.

After retirement in 1992, he and Dorothy returned to the Copper Country.

We are thankful he was able to enjoy a long and healthy retirement with Dorothy and his children.

He loved to drive and explore our wonderful country. Florida was one of his favorite winter travels, but his heart will remain in the great U.P. that we all love so much because of him.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Ida; an infant sister, Patty; and his wife, Dorothy.

He is survived by his four children; Richard (Cheryl) Pietila, Ronald (Dawn) Pietila, Dale (Sherie) Pietila, and Debra (Guy) Scholler; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and life-long friends, many as close as family.

Friends may call the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet on Friday, February 16, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 16, 2018 at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Calumet with Father Abraham Mupparathara to officiate.

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The Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet is assisting the family with the arrangements.