View Full Version : ROBERT M. WIRTANEN 19 May 1927 ~ 22 August 2013

28-08-13, 00:29
Robert "Bob" Marvin Wirtanen, 86, was born on May 19, 1927 in Ironwood, MI and passed away suddenly from a stroke in Vancouver, WA on Aug. 22, 2013. Bob last resided in Brush Prairie, WA and was a member of the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church.
He served in the Navy at the end of World War II and retired from the U.S. Forest Service in 1989.

Bob enjoyed hunting, fishing, clam digging and making firewood. He especially loved being with his family and visiting with his many Christian friends.

Bob is survived by his wife, Mae, at home; six sons, Carl and Claire Wirtanen of Palmer, AK, Edward and Liss Wirtanen of Yacolt, WA, Andrew and Virpi Wirtanen of Battle Ground, WA, Michael and Lea Wirtanen of Duluth MN, Matthew and Rhonda Wirtanen of Palmer, AK and Mark and Janna Wirtanen of Yacolt, WA; seven daughters, Alice and John Homola of Brush Prairie, WA, Kathleen Broderson of Palmer, AK, Carol and Gaylord Stephenson of Yacolt, WA, Karen and Joe Hallstrom of Yacolt, WA, Rebecca and Roger Johansen of Bjerkvik, Norway, Diane and JR Unasa of Palmer, AK, and Marybeth and Aaron Bruckelmyer of Yacolt, WA. He is also survived by 93 grandchildren; and 111 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth Wirtanen; son-in-law, Pete Broderson; his parents, Eino and Esther Wirtanen; step-father, William Eskeli; two granddaughters; and one great-grandson.

Services will be held at the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church, 16603 NE 142nd Ave., Brush Prairie, WA at 11:00 a.m. on Wed., Aug. 28, 2013, with viewing at the church Tues., Aug. 27, 2013 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.. Burial will be in Elim Cemetery, Brush Prairie, WA.

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