HANCOCK - John E. Riutta, 86, a resident of Hancock, passed away Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at Cypress Manor in Hancock where he had been a resident patient.
He was born July 29, 1926, in Houghton, a son of the late Wilhard and Naimi (Kurula) Riutta. John was raised in Hancock and attended the Hancock Schools.
Mr. Riutta was a veteran, having served with the United States Army during World War II and the Korean War with tank divisions.
Following the service, John resided in Kenosha, Wis.; Butte, Mont., where he was a miner; and Washington state, where he worked in the apple orchards. John was also a Merchant Marine and sailed on the Great Lakes.
He retired to Keweenaw Bay and has also lived in Baraga and Hancock before becoming a resident patient at Cypress Manor in Hancock.
John was raised in the Apostolic Lutheran faith.
He enjoyed time in the wilderness and all animals.
Preceding him in death were his parents; brothers, Albert, Ernest and Reuben.
Surviving are his siblings, Wesley (Ruth) Riutta of Kenosha, Wis., Wallace (Gloria) Riutta of Chassell, Helen (Wilho) Knuuti of Menasha, Wis., and Gertrude (Melvin) Maatta of South Range; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A private funeral for John will be held at a later date in the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hancock with Rev. Arvo Onermaa to officiate. Burial will be in the Oskar Cemetery.
To view John'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 with arrangements.