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James G. “Jim” Letto

July 27, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

HANCOCK - James G. "Jim" Letto, 61, of Hancock, died unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, following a brief illness.

He was born in Hancock on Oct. 18, 1950, to the late Gordon and Gloria (Metsa) Letto.

In 1965, he earned his Eagle Scout award from the Boy Scouts of America, local Troop 203 in Hancock.

Jim graduated from Hancock Central High School in 1968, the same year he was awarded the National Merit Scholarship. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Michigan Technological University in 1972. He served in the U.S. Army for two years, stationed in Germany, returning to earn a Master of Sciences degree in Biological Sciences in 1976 and his degree in Medical Technology in 1977 from Tech. He also became a Technologist in Immunology in 1980.

Jim married Linda Rousseau of Hancock in February 1972.

He was employed as a medical technologist at both Bellin Hospital and St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay from 1977 until returning to work at Portage View Hospital in 1981 until the time of his death. He also worked for the Ambassador Restaurant in Houghton for many years.

Jim coached hockey in Allouez, Wis., when living there. He was a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and a lifelong member of the West End Athletic Club. He loved the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers. He was an avid reader, hunter and fisherman. Over the years, he was active in local sports, especially baseball and hockey.

Jim is survived by his wife, Linda of Hancock; a son, James O. Letto of Hancock; a daughter, Lauren Letto of Hancock; a grandson, Curtis Archambeau; a brother, John (Shirley) Letto of Green Bay; a sister, Judy (David) Crotty of Hubbell; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held Monday, July 30, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. in the O'Neill-Dennis Funeral Home in Hancock with Rev. Fr. John Martignon to officiate. Visitation will be held in the funeral home on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services. The Copper Country Veterans Association will hold military rites at the funeral home.

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be directed to Jim's grandson's future education fund.

Funeral arrangements are with the O'Neill-Dennis Funeral home in Hancock.

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