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Wesley A. Riutta
1924 - 2014
Wesley A. Riutta, 89, of Kenosha, passed away on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at Aurora Hospital.
Born Oct., 1, 1924, to Wilhard and Naimi (Kurula) Riutta, Wesley Riutta began his life in Winona, Mich. His family soon moved to Hancock, Mich., where he graduated High School.
He honorably served his country in the 10th Mountain Division Ski Troops during World War II in Italy. He returned to civilian life in 1946 and married the love of his life, Ruth Nyberg, on Oct. 12, 1946. They briefly lived in California before making Kenosha their home in 1947.
Wesley attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering and was employed in the Engineering Department of J.I. Case Co. until his retirement in 1988. He was proud of his work on the Case Tractors and enjoyed gathering with the 20 year club.
Wesley and his wife spent many winters in Florida getting together with friends, golfing and was a member of the Lake Worth Horseshoe Pitchers Club at Bryant Park. He loved snow skiing, winning Cross Country medals and teaching his grandchildren how to ski. He was an avid golfer, an accomplished wood carver and a member of the Racine Wood Carvers Club. He enjoyed fishing and teaching the sport to his grandsons and great-grandson. He was also a member of the YMCA Silver Sneakers and attended Christian Fellowship (Pastor Richard Frankel). He and his wife enjoyed traveling in the US and Jamaica as well as returning to the Upper Peninsula for annual class reunions and strawberry festivals. He and Ruth spent many summers vacationing with their grandchildren.
Wesley was a man of great honor and will be missed by his wife, Ruth; son, David (Janice) Riutta; grandsons, Matthew (Amy) Riutta and Marc (Ravin) Riutta; granddaughter, Senja (David) Underwood; great grandchildren, Jack and Olivia Riutta, Gracie, Samuel and Augustus Underwood, all of Kenosha. He is further survived by sisters, Helen (Wilho) Knutti of Menasha, Wis., and Gertrude (Melvin) Maatta of South Range, Mich.; a brother, Wallace (Gloria) Riutta of Chassell, Mich.; sisters-in-law, Sue (Mike) Smolinski of Kenosha and Sandy Thomas of California. He is further survived by many nieces and nephews. Wes was a man of great faith and leaves that legacy to his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Jeffrey in 1997; brothers, Albert, Ernest, Rueben and John, and a special nephew, Todd Smolinski.
Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. at the Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home. Interment will be held in Sunset Ridge Memorial Park. A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home & Cremation Services
3720 39th Avenue
Kenosha, Wisconsin 53144
Online Condolences at www.piasecki-althaus.com
Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home
3720 39th Avenue Kenosha, WI 53144
Published online at KenoshaNews.com on May 12, 2014