James Ray WiitalaX

Born: January 13, 1938

Location: Michigan

My grandpa, James Ray Wiitala, was born in Detroit, MI on January 13, 1938. When he was two years old, he survived a car wreck, but his mom died in the same crash. When he was older, he moved to the Upper Peninsula. There he met my grandma and got a job in the White Pine Copper Mine. He also bought the South Range Apartments. After a few years he almost died in the copper mine from an explosion. When he was 48, he died from lung cancer. His date of death is July 4, 1986.

Contributed by: Trenton Maki, South Range Elementary