Richard M. Wiitanen

BURIEN, Wash. – Richard M. Wiitanen, 72, a resident of Burien, Wash., and former Hancock resident, passed away March 10, 2013, following a four month illness.

He was born Feb. 14, 1941, in Hancock, a son of the late Axel and Siami (Saari) Wiitanen. He was a graduate of Hancock High School and Michigan Tech with a business degree.

Richard was a veteran, having served with the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

He then moved to the west coast to work for Boeing Corporation in Seattle. Richard returned to the Copper Country for a few years where he was a radio sportscaster and the voice of the Copper Country Chief’s hockey team. He then returned to Seattle and the Boeing Corporation from which he retired after 25 years.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his brothers, Ronald, Herbert and Paul.

Surviving are his wife, Chris and her children, Jerry and Jeff; his children, Erik Wiitanen and Amy Kissner; his step-children from his first marriage, Donna, Michelle and Leanne; grandsons, Jayde, Daniel, Matthew and Joshua; sister, Barbara (Ben) Holmes of Kent, WA; his brother, David (Gladys) Wiitanen of Hancock; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Richard was laid to rest March 22, 2013, in the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Wash.

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