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Reino W. Suliin


IRONWOOD, Mich. - Reino W. Suliin, 74, of Ironwood, died Saturday, June 4, 2016, in Ironwood.

He was born Jan. 18, 1942, in Ironwood, the son of the late Walter and Hulda (Maki) Suliin.

He graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in Ironwood. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on March 30, 1962. He served during the Vietnam War in Okinawa and was honorably discharged on March 19, 1965.

Following his discharge, he resided in Erwin Township, where he owned and operated the Suliin Greenhouse. He had also been employed as a heavy-equipment operator, working on road construction throughout the Upper Peninsula. He also worked for Lindburg Construction on the Ludington Project and Upper Peninsula Quinnesec Tailing Dams. For many years he worked with his brother-in-law at R.A.N. Logging.

On Aug. 28, 1971, he was united in marriage to Darlene Juutilainen at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ironwood. She preceded him in death on Sept. 21, 2009.

Reino was a life member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ironwood. He loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting and trapping.

He is survived by one son, Ronald (Kerri), of Merrill, Wis .; his daughter, Cheryl (Ronald) Peterson, of Saxon, Wis .; four grandchildren, Zachary and Rylee Suliin, and Axel and Logan Peterson; a sister, Ruth Nelson, of Ironwood; three sisters-in-law, Jeanne Zanella, of Milwaukee, Grace (Bill) McDonald, of Bessemer, and Dorothy Juutilainen, of L'Anse; two brothers-in-law, Daniel (Darlene) Lane, of Hazel Park, and William Marczak, of Duluth, Minn .; and several nephews, nieces and cousins.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Arlene Palojarvi and Shirley Suliin.

A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. on Friday, June 10, at the Riverside Cemetery in Ironwood, with Rev. Kurt Kovanan officiating. Full military rites will be accorded by the Ironwood American Legion Post 5 Honor Guard. Luncheon will follow at Little Finland in Kimball, Wis.

Arrangements are by Range Funeral Service & Crematory, Ketola-Burla Funeral Home of Ironwood. To express on line condolences, visit us at

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