Raymond JuntunenX

Born: December 6, 1930

My name is Raymond Juntunen. I was born on December 6, 1930 in such a small town, you wouldn’t believe it exists. I was raised on a farm, along with my three sisters and four brothers. We grew up with a simple life: wake up, milk the cows, go to school, come home, milk the cows, go to bed and do it all over again in the morning. Following my parents’ death, I married my dream girl, Judith Angela Maki, and had six beautiful baby boys. We raised them on the same farm where my parents raised me. We taught them respect, dignity, love, independence and they all grew up to be amazing soldiers, businessmen, and fathers. After my wife passed and my children moved away, I sold my cows and became very sick myself. On April 24th, 2004, I died, in the same house I was born, a very happy man.

Contributed by: Samantha Juntunen, L'Anse High School