Bill OjaBill Oja, 84, of Silver Bay, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, at Solvay Hospice House in Duluth with his family at his side.
Bill Oja, 84, of Silver Bay, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, at Solvay Hospice House in Duluth with his family at his side.
He was born March 15, 1925, to Frank and Ida Oja and grew up on the family farm in the Kettle River area and attended Kalevela School.
During World War II he served in the U.S. Army in the European Theatre, where he was wounded and captured as a Prisoner of War, and later awarded the Purple Heart.
After the war he returned to Minnesota and attended Duluth Vo-Tech to learn the electrician’s trade.
He married Marjorie Vannet in 1951 and after living in California for a short time they returned to this area and later moved to Silver Bay in 1956 where Bill was employed as an electrician at Reserve Mining Company until retiring in 1987.
Bill was an active outdoorsman, and enjoyed walking, cross-country skiing and time with his family. He was a member of the United Protestant Church, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Marjorie, in 1990, a son, Frank, in 2002, brothers, Eino, Uno, Niilo, Edwin and Ernest; and a sister Alili Keinanen.
He is survived by his daughters, Kathy (Richard) Bastian of Keewatin, Daidre (Dean) Olson of Blaine, and Allison Oja (Cory Wilde) of Finland; a daughter-in-law, Jody Kunkel of Lax Lake; grandchildren, Chris, Cyndy, Shawn and Dana; great-grandchildren, Chase, Korrin, Brendin, Mathew and Anna; brothers and sister; Arvo Oja of Cloquet, Harold Oja of Minneapolis, and Mae Wuori of Duluth.
There was a service Thursday at the United Protestant Church in Silver Bay, followed by burial in Silver Bay Cemetery. Arrangements by Cavallin Funeral Home.