Gordon W. Hietala
CHASSELL — Gordon W. Hietala, 83, a resident of Chassell, passed away Saturday, April 6, 2019, at the Omega House with his family by his side.
He was born in Hancock, on June 29, 1935, the son of the late Edward and Impi (Lehto) Hietala. He was raised in Chassell and graduated from the Chassell Schools with the Class of 1953.
Following high school, Gordon moved to Detroit to look for work, finding himself employed at various places until eventually enlisting with the US Army in 1957. After being honorably discharged in 1959, he returned to Detroit where he would meet his wife.
On August 1, 1959, he was united in marriage to Edna “Darlene” Mars. The couple resided in Redford Township. Gordon then began his career as a carpenter for commercial construction jobs in the Detroit area. He retired in 1993.
In 1994, Gordon and Darlene would move to Chassell where they would spend their retirement. He enjoyed his retirement along with fishing and hunting. Gordon was a Life Member of the Upper Peninsula Club in Whitmore Lake.
Besides his parents, Gordon was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Kangas; and two brothers, Arthur and Kenneth.
He is survived by his wife, Darlene of Chassell; his children, John (Valerie) Hietala of Hamburg, Karen (Jeffrey) Calleja of Livonia, and Jeanette (Thomas) Katona of Henrico, Virginia; his grandchildren, Chad (Maddalena) Hietala, Mark Hietala, Daniel Calleja, Brandon (Sydney) Katona, and Ryan Katona; his siblings, Ralph (Beverly) Hietala and Richard (Esther) Hietala, both of Chassell; his brother-in-law, Harold Kangas of Houghton; and sister-in-law, Marie Hietala of Northville. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services for Gordon will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. Soren Schmidt to officiate. Burial with Military Honors will be held this spring in the Chassell Cemetery.
Friends may call on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the church.
In lieu of flowers and other expressions of sympathy, the family asks that donations be made in Gordon’s name to the Omega House, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, The Chassell Historical Society or the UP Club in Whitmore Lake.
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The Memorial Chapel and Plowe Funeral Homes of Chassell are assisting the family with the arrangements.