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John Junttila

John Paul Junttila

Sunday, December 7, 1947 - Thursday, October 8, 2020
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John Paul Junttila, 72, passed away peacefully, in the care of his family, on Thursday evening October 8th, 2020.

He was born December 7th, 1947 in Seattle, WA to Wilbert and Virginia Junttila. He grew up in Wakefield, MI and graduated with the Class of ‘67. He married Sharon Helminen on July 2, 1977 at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church in Calumet, where he was a member.

Johnny loved hockey and coached various local teams over the years.

The lights of his life were his 17 precious grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbert (Weep) and Virginia (Ginny) Junttila.

He is survived by his wife Sharon and their five children:

Justin (Christina) Junttila, Eliana, Andrew, Abe, Lily, Charlotte, Clay, and Evie of Escanaba

Julie (Josh) Koskela, Dennis and Elias of Houghton

Sarah Stevens, of Traprock Valley

Ginny (Joe) Johnson, Charles, Rosalie, Elmer, and Otto, of Traprock Valley

Gust (Chelsea) Junttila, Vivian, Clara, Gus, and Sylvi, of Iron Mountain

He is also survived by his siblings, Jim Junttila of Calumet, Karen (Jim) Johnson of Big Traverse, Dan (Claudia) Junttila of Calumet, Kristine (Roger) Riutta of Oskar Bay, and Mary Junttila of Seattle.

He is also survived by numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, and many beloved friends.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 pm on Monday October 12, 2020 in Lake View Cemetery in Section 74 with David Taivalkoski to officiate.

Online condolences for the family may be left at www.ericksoncrowleypeterson.com
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  • Service

    Monday, October 12, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Monday, October 12, 2020 1:00pm
    Lake View Cemetery
    Lake View Cemetery 24090 Veterans Memorial Highway
    Calumet, MI 49913
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    Dave Taivalkoski
  • Interment

    Lake View Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Calumet, Michigan 49913
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Dave Hockin

Posted at 01:27pm
While I didn't spend a ton of time with Johnny Junt's, as we called him during my two years playing for the Bumbletown softball team. It was two years with the best softball team I ever played on. Thanks Johnny and Dudza for that! RIP in John, I still talk to people about those days even though its been 30 years.

Jane Martha Morrow

Posted at 08:33pm
Dear Junttila family:
My brothers, Tim and Paul, and I, Jane (Aho) Morrow send our sympathy on the loss of your brother John. We remember your family as part of the Pike location gang. Please greet all of John's siblings and convey our condolences, love and prayers for strength and courage during this difficult time. Our branches have deep roots.
Love in Christ, Tim, Paul, and Jane.

Thomas HIll

Posted at 09:07am
My deepest and sincere sympathies to the Juntilla Family. I had the pleasure of knowing John and hanging out with him in his Wakefield years. He was a very good friend and certainly kept one laughing for this humor and wit. Many will miss him as I. God Bless the Family and May God Bless his soul.
Tom Hill

Sandy Willis

Posted at 07:24pm
I was very saddened to hear about the passing of Johnny (who I knew as one of my older, cooler cousins.) I know how deeply he loved and I know how deeply he was loved. But I am comforted to know that he is at a far better place. My heart reaches out to all of you with love, Sandy (Bohjanen) Willis

john and Cherylllhendra

Posted at 09:27am
Dear Sharon and family....we are saddened by the news of John's passing..he fought the fight and now may he rest in peace. We always enjoyed visiting with him at the Miners.Loved the stories he shared of a family he loved so much especially his grandchildren. Sending you all tight warm hugs and sympathy. John and Cheryl Hendra

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