Born: April 13, 1913
Location: Mason, Michigan
My great-grandpa, Arnold Heltunen, was born in Mason, Michigan on April 13, 1913. When he was born he was premature and the doctors and his parents didn’t think he would live. They put him on the top, top shelf of the wood stove to keep him warm. He survived and was raised during the Great Depression. On April 5, 1947, he married Mildred Juntila. Later he spent two and one-half years in the South Pacific and was a U.S. Marine in World War II. He had a positive impact on my family because he worked hard at his job and the values he stood for were instilled in his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He died on June 22, 2001.
Contributed by: Cora Rajala, South Range Elementary