WILLIAM "BILLY" MURTOWilliam R. "Billy" Murto, 65, cherished husband, father, grandfather and brother, passed away Aug. 3, 2013, in St. Luke's hospice after complications made home hospice impossible any longer, after a 11-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
WILLIAM "BILLY" MURTO
William R. "Billy" Murto, 65, cherished husband, father, grandfather and brother, passed away Aug. 3, 2013, in St. Luke's hospice after complications made home hospice impossible any longer, after a 11-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
Billy faced this battle with the courage and quiet nature that he is known and admired for. He left this world the same way he lived his life, quietly after all the crowds left. Billy was a lifelong Esko resident and spent almost all his life at the family farmhouse he was raised in. Billy could be found on the sidelines of all of Anna's soccer games and most all of her basketball games.
Billy graduated from Esko High School in 1966. He attended Salter Vocational School and Duluth Vo-Tech. He married Patty Hollingsworth Aug. 16, 1969. Billy retired from Minnesota Power after 36 years and took up his second career of caring for his mother and raising his granddaughter.
When he wasn't enjoying his grandfather role, Billy enjoyed skeet shooting on the River Inn team, restoring Chevrolets, mowing the lawn, his man cave and attending swap meets with his friends Joe Burbul and Larry Watczak.
Billy was a member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church and IBEW Local 31 and was a union steward for many years. Billy was also a scout leader when the boys were young.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Uuno and Gloria Murto; and his mother and father in-law, Red and Ruby Hollingsworth.
Billy is survived by his high school sweetheart and loving wife of 44 years, Patty; sons Matthew, Nathan (Tara) and Joshua Murto, all of Esko; granddaughter Arianna Murto of Esko; grandsons Ryan and Tyler Bolen and Nick Johnson; sister Mary Anne (David) Lee of Cloquet; brothers-in law and sisters-in-law, Carol (John) Dalrymple of Charleston, S.C., Dale Hollingsworth of Esko, Lee (Carla) Hollingsworth of Proctor and Jill (Roger) Lofald of Duluth; nieces Keely Lofald, Jana (Craig) Hollingsworth Gustafson, Christy (Aaron) Strom, Erin (Bart) Berglund and Kelli Lee; nephews Erik Lofald, John (Kara) Dalrymple and Mike (Kim) Dalrymple; and many friends.
Billy was a big man, with a big heart and a quiet soul who never had an unkind word to say about anybody.
The family thanks Billy's amazing oncologist, Dr. Gouelli, and his nurse, Terry, the infusion team at St. Luke's oncology, Keith, Kitty and Beth on 2 West and Margy and Pat of St. Luke's hospice.
VISITATION: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, in the Atkins-Northland Funeral Home in Cloquet, and 1 until the 2 p.m. funeral service Wednesday, Aug. 7, in St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Esko.
Burial will be at the St. Matthew's Cemetery. Refreshments will follow in the Family Life Center at the church. The family asks that we honor Billy by wearing casual attire and bring your favorite memory of him.
To sign the guestbook and offer an online tribute, see www.atkinsnorthlandfuneralhome.com