Elmer E. Juntunen, 90, of Mount Vernon, passed away at his home on May 25, 2012.
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He was born on August 5, 1921 in Braddock, North Dakota, the son of Louis and Hilma (Pekkola) Juntunen who immigrated to the United States from Finland. Elmer was the middle of five children.
Elmer was preceded in death by his parents, his eldest sister Esther Schwartz, and by the love of his life Martha, who passed away in 2010.
He is survived by his son Rodney Juntunen and his wife Mari of Mount Vernon, a daughter Cindy Shannon and her husband Mike Shannon of Denver, CO,; grandchildren Eric Shannon of Grand Junction, CO and Heidi Shannon of Denver, CO; brothers Erland Juntunen and his wife Marie of Prineville, OR and Richard Juntunen and his wife Lillian of Albany, OR and a sister Elma Lucke of Portland, OR. He is also survived by his uncle Eric Pekkola of McMinnville, OR, and an aunt Saima Vinton of Portland, OR.
During World War II Elmer proudly served in the United States Army Air Force, 2nd Emergency Rescue Squadron, in the Western Pacific Theatre.
Elmer married Martha Cuppy in November 1943 and they spent 67 years together until Martha passed away in August 2010. Their years together included living in Arcola, Illinois near Martha's family; time in the Willamette Valley, Oregon near the Juntunen family and then the Skagit Valley where Elmer worked for Shell Oil Company. He spent most of his Shell career at Anacortes, and retired after working several years at the Norco Plant in New Orleans. Elmer then worked as the Office Manager for the Dallas Bone & Joint Clinic, enjoying time with Dr. Dennis Luedke and his family. To celebrate full retirement, Elmer and Martha took their motorhome on cross-country trips enabling them to visit their relatives and good friends.
Elmer and Martha were members of the Skagit Valley Church of Christ where Elmer was instrumental in building the current Church location on Gardner Road in Burlington.
He was a hard worker, always striving for perfection in the tasks he undertook. He spent the last years of his life helping his son Rod at the Juntunen Farm and Gardens where he used his skills in all aspects of the renovation of a dairy farm into beautiful gardens including restoration of the farm's landmark barn.
A celebration of Elmer's life will be held Friday, June 1st at 1:00 pm at the Hawthorne Funeral Home, 1825 E. College Way, Mount Vernon. A reception will follow in the Hawthorne Reception Room after the graveside service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Seattle Children's Hospital.
Please share your thoughts of Elmer and sign the online guest register at www.hawthornefh.com.
Arrangements are under the care of Hawthorne Funeral Home and Memorial Park, 1825 E. College Way, Mount Vernon.
Hawthorne Funeral Home and Memorial Park
1825 E. College Way
Mount Vernon, WA 98273