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 Edward W Juntunen

Edward W Juntunen

Birth
Soudan, St. Louis County, Minnesota, USA
Death 10 Jan 2002 (aged 90)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Holmes City, Douglas County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Lot 16, Plot 2
Memorial ID 100333983 · View Source
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Edward Juntunen was born on May 14, 1911, in Soudan, Minnesota, part of Minnesota's iron range. His parents, Charles and Margaret Juntunen, had immigrated there from Finland with two older brothers. Ed was the 7th of the 12 surviving children born to Charles and Margaret, one of eight boys and four girls. When Ed was a young boy, the Juntunen family moved to Alexandria, Minnesota, where they built a farm. Ed stayed with his family on the farm working there until he was 31 years of age. Ed's life dramatically changed in 1942 when he enlisted in the Navy. By the end of the war, he had served as a turret gunner in the Pacific on six different ships; the U.S.S. Vincentis, U.S.S. Astoria, U.S.S. President Jackson, U.S.S. Wharton, U.S.S. West Virginia and U.S.S. Iowa. While he was serving on the Astoria, the ship was sunk by enemy gunfire. Ed was rescued after 24 hours in the water when he grabbed a single line dropped by a passing destroyer. He was discharged from the Navy in 1946 as Seaman First Class, but not before he had met Helen Blair Woodby, the sister of one of his fellow seamen on the Astoria. The fellow seaman, J.E. Woodby, had written to his sister about the unusual man who had been rescued with him. This was a man, Jay wrote, who did not drink, gamble, or womanize. Helen and Ed exchanged photographs and began corresponding. After the war, Ed found himself in Chicago, and they met. Ed and Helen were married on May 25, 1946. For the next 38 years, Ed worked at the Churchill Cabinet Company in maintenance and as security guard. The family expanded to include two very wanted and treasured daughters, Sharon and Elizabeth. During those years, the family lived within a one block radius of the company, first on Hoyne, then on Leavitt, and finally, on Moffat. Ed and his family joined Wicker Park Lutheran Church on April 14, 1957. Ed went on to be a member of the church council, to serve as an usher, and with Reuben Steingraber, to provide the church with repairs and upkeep.

Ed and Helen were married for almost 50 years when she succumbed to a long illness on May 14, 1996, Ed's birthday. Ed died on January 10, 2002 in Chicago, Illinois. He is survived by his daughters, Sharon and Elizabeth; two sisters, Florence Wrolson and Eleanor Juntunen; a brother, Walter Juntunen and three grandchildren.

A funeral service was held on January 19, 2002 at the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Moe Township, Minnesota, with Rev. Reynold Petersen officiating. Honorary pallbearers were all of Edward's friends attending the funeral. Interment was in St. Paul's Lutheran Church Cemetery. Military Honors were provided by American Legion Post 87 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 936. Anderson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements
(Echo Press, Jan. 23, 2002)



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  • Originally Created by: Lainey
  • Added: 7 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100333983
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edward W Juntunen (14 May 1911–10 Jan 2002), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100333983, citing Saint Pauls Lutheran Church Cemetery, Holmes City, Douglas County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by kj (contributor 47962105) .