DODGEVILLE - Sulo E. Hiltunen, 84, a resident of Dodgeville, passed away Friday morning, July 13, 2012, at the Omega House in Houghton following a short illness.
He was born Oct. 2, 1927, in Dodgeville, a son of the late Eric and Helmi (Stalo) Hiltunen. Sulo was raised in Dodgeville and attended the Houghton Schools.
Mr. Hiltunen was a veteran, having served with the United States Army during WW II.
He returned to Dodgeville and worked for Nozero's Furniture in Hancock. He was then employed by C&H Mining, teaching equipment use and as a Safety Supervisor. Sulo was also employed by Michigan Technological University as a steam fitter, retiring as supervisor at the power plant in 1988.
Sulo was the Mine Inspector for Houghton County for 34 years.
On July 16, 1949, he was united in marriage to the former Elizabeth Jarvis.
Mr. Hiltunen was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hancock, active with the property committee. He was a member of Alfred Erickson Post 186 American Legion in Hancock.
He enjoyed woodworking, remodeling projects, following hockey and the Green Bay Packers.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his brother, Bill; his sisters, Lola Rentenbach, Lila Saari, Alice Tihinen, Esther Hiltunen and Ellen Hiltunen.
Sulo is survived by his wife, Betty Hiltunen of Dodgeville; his daughter, Dorothy (Bill) Hanner of Dodgeville; his grandsons, Kevin Hanner of Flagstaff, Ariz. and Jeffery (Heather) Hanner of Eleva, Wis.; his great grandchildren, Kennedy, Rylee, Carson, Paige, Brennan and Sydnee; numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.
Funeral services for Sulo will be held at noon Tuesday, July 17, 2012, in the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hancock with Rev. D.J. Rasner to officiate. Alfred Erickson Post 186 American Legion in Hancock will hold military rites at the church following the funeral service. Burial will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Houghton.
Friends may call in the church until time of services.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family suggests memorials be given to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly or the charity of one's choice in memory of Sulo Hiltunen.
To view Sulo's obituary or to send condolences to the family, please visit memorialchapel.net.
The Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hancock has been assisting the family.