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Matthew Allan 'Mutti' Salo


Matthew Allan 'Mutti' Salo

HURLEY, Wis. - Matthew Allan "Mutti" Salo, 65, of Silver St., Hurley, passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017, at his home.

He was born June 11, 1951, in Hammond, Ind., to Matt and Ardie (Johnson) Salo. He attended Newport Grade School and Luther L. Wright High School in Ironwood, Mich., graduating with the Class of 1969. He returned for a while to Hammond and eventually joined the U.S. Navy, where he was a writer/editor/photographer stationed in Oxnard, Calif., and Guam. He received a National Defense Service Medal and was honorably discharged in 1973.

Following his discharge, Mutti returned to Ironwood and attended Gogebic Community College. He lived in Appleton and was employed for many years at N and M Transfer in Neenah as a forklift operator. At the age of 59 he retired to Hurley.

Mutti enjoyed time at the Dalpiaz Cottage in Mercer and the Stephani Cottage on the Gile Flowage. He was an avid Packer fan, enjoyed music and was a big fan of Willie Nelson. He also was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America, Gogebic-Iron Range Chapter 529. Mutti had a unique sense of humor and was noted to share words of wit and wisdom. He sometimes managed to gather a few votes over the years for his never ending "Matt For Sheriff, Sponsored By Blatz" campaign.

Surviving are his son, Matthew (Sena) Herlevi and grandson, Ethyn, both of the state of Washington; brothers, Geno, Ironwood, Chris, Mellen, and Scott, Ironwood; sisters, Beth Saari, Hurley, Gladys Salo (Eric Tresness), Tomahawk, Marybeth (Derrick) LaLonde, Holland, Mich., Ardythe Kallas, Saxon, and Janet Broman, Ironwood; special friend, Deb Hemminger, Appleton; and uncles, aunts, a niece, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Matt Salo and Ardie (Calven) Luoma.

No funeral services will be held.

Inurnment will be at a later date.

A potluck dinner for family and friends will be held at the Krash Inn, Hurley, on Saturday, March 18, starting at 3 p.m.

Arrangements were entrusted to McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ironwood. Online condolences may be expressed at


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