CRYSTAL FALLS - Toivo D. Hietala, 81 of Crystal Falls, passed away on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at his home.
He was born on Nov. 30, 1932, in Poplar, Wis., son of the late Emil and Helen (Neikkanen) Hietala. He attended school in Maple, Wis., and graduated from Northwestern High School. Upon graduating from high school, Toivo enlisted in the United States Army. After being honorably discharged, he returned home. He married Joan Maki on Oct. 20, 1956, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Waukegan, Ill. Together, they moved to Joan's Family farm near Deer Lake in 1972, and it has been home ever since.
Toivo worked first as a meat cutter, then as a truck driver for Nash Rambler, then as a carpenter for Slivensky's, and finally and most recent he was the janitorial supervisor at the Forest Park Schools, retiring in 1986.
Toivo was a faithful member of the Tufts-Rondon American Legion Post 2891 in Crystal Falls. He was known to be able to fix anything, and when he did he would step back and say; "Now that is some of Toivo's Ingenuity."
He loved hunting and fishing, and paling around with his buddies in the woods and at the family camp.
Toivo is survived by his loving wife of nearly 58 years, Joan Hietala of Crystal Falls; a son, Donald J. (Jennifer) Hietala of Hyland, Mich.; a daughter, Beth Hietala (John Murray) of Escanaba; grandchildren, Eric, Lauren, Tony, Laura, and Ethan; sisters, Joyce (Bert) Bunnell, Linda Pearson, June Endres, Phyllis (Dale) Leinonen, Gail Richmond, Lorraine (Frank) Ruckovena and Ethel Hoover; brother in-law, Gerald R. (Ellen) Maki near Denver; and further survived by many nieces and nephews.
Visitation is set for Friday, June 6, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Nash Funeral Home in Crystal falls.
The funeral service will follow Friday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Pastor Doug Johnson will officiate.
Burial will be in the Evergreen Memorial Cemetery. The Eastside Veterans Council will accord full military honors at the grave.
In lieu of flowers a memorial will be established in his memory.
Condolences may be expressed to the family of Toivo Hietala online atwww.nashfuneralhome.net
The family has entrusted the Nash Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Crystal Falls with the funeral arrangements.