WAUSAU, Wis. — David A. Juntti, 81, of South Geneva Road, Bessemer Township, Mich., died Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at Aspirus Comfort Care Hospice House in Wausau.
He was born Jan. 19, 1932, in West Salem, son of the late Oscar and Margaret (Trimble) Juntti, and graduated from West Salem High School in 1949. He then was employed on a farm, worked in a canning factory and on a tobacco farm, and was employed as a gandy dancer on the railroad. He also worked at White Pine Copper Co. for 25 years, owned and operated the Mt. Zion Bar in Ironwood, Mich., and retired as a sawyer in 1994.
Dave was active in range area bowling, dartball and dart leagues, and was an all around handyman. He especially enjoyed fishing and pitching horseshoes. He was very special to his family and friends and will be greatly missed.
He was married to Alison Stanlake Heffner on Dec. 26, 1991. She survives.
Also surviving are his children, Mike (Darcy) Juntti, Bruce Crossing, Mich., Julie Niece, Hastings, Neb., Mark (Melanie) Juntti, Muskogee, Okla., Mary (Dave) Jasper, Cordova, Ill., and Evelyn Juntti, Bessemer, Mich.; stepchildren, Caine (Edie Juech) Heffner and Seth (Amy) Heffner, both of Wausau, Jared (Jackie) Heffner, Rothschild, and Daysha (Karl) Wrege, Ashland; grandchildren, Derek Juntti, Paul Niece, Markka, Zak, McKenna and Cameron Juntti, Nicole and Samantha Friedli, Amber Juntti, Jacob and Caleb Heffner, Skylar and Layne Heffner, Ysabel, Olivia and Zachary David Heffner, Aric Schulz and Brianna Wrege; several great-grandchildren; a brother, Frank Juntti, Lansing, Mich.; two sisters, Connie Poterek, Claire, Mich., and Cynthia (Wes) Perttula, California; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Dave was preceded in death by two daughters, Gail Juntti and infant daughter, Susan Juntti; his first wife, the former Laura Dellies; a brother, George Juntti; and sister, Venla Selaty.
Out of respect for his wishes, cremation has taken place and no formal services will be held.
A private family gathering will be held to celebrate Dave’s life at a later date.
Condolences may be given online at mckevittpatrickfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements were entrusted to McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ironwood.