John “Leonard” WuotilaJohn “Leonard” Wuotila, 85, of Tioga Street, died Friday, May 18, 2012, in Diamond Willow in Lester Park.
JOHN “LEONARD” WUOTILA
John “Leonard” Wuotila, 85, of Tioga Street, died Friday, May 18, 2012, in Diamond Willow in Lester Park.
He was born Nov. 6, 1926, in Floodwood. John was the son of the late John and Senia (Holmes) Wuotila. After graduating from Floodwood High School, he entered the Military as a seaman with the U.S. Navy, discharged in 1946.
His early careers included timber cruiser in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Berkeley, Calif., and a funeral director and licensed embalmer in Tulare, Calif. John received his bachelor of science degree in botany at the University of Denver and attended the USDA’s graduate school in New York for entomology. In Honolulu, Hawaii, he met his wife, Marion Recksiedler. After marriage and children, they moved to California and then Duluth.
He worked for the USDA’s plant protection and quarantine department in Duluth for 35 years, inspecting foreign arrival ships for insect pests. He traveled extensively for his career including New Zealand, Chile, Israel and Japan.
John enjoyed traveling, fishing in Alaska, spending time at the family cabin on the Whiteface Reservoir, making clocks, and socializing with fellow Finns.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Andrew, Arthur and Walter Wuotila.
John is survived by his wife, Marion; daughter Lisa (Todd) Nelson of Duluth; son John W. Wuotila of Asia; sister Edna (Wendall) Peterson of Farmington, Minn.; and grandsons Ian and Dane Nelson of Duluth.
The family would like to thank the staff at Diamond Willow and Lakeshore’s memory care unit for their wonderful care.
VISITATION: 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral service Thursday, May 24, in Kenwood Lutheran Church, 324 W. Cleveland St. Burial at VanBuren Cemetery in Floodwood.
To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.wlbfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Williams Lobermeier Boettcher Funeral Home.
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