NEGAUNEE, Mich. - Waino Alex Liuha, 87, of Negaunee died at 4:45 p.m. on Christmas Day at the Marquette General Hospital Emergency Room.
Waino was born June 30, 1925, in Wafefield to Arvo and Lempi (Kangas) Liuha and was a graduate of Wakefield High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII having served from 1944-1946 in the European Theater of operations. He was discharged as a staff sergeant. He moved to Negaunee in 1951 and worked at the Tracy Mine from 1951-64. He attended Northern Michigan University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1964 and a Masters degree in 1973. He worked as a V.F.W. assistant department service officer from 1964-66 and for the State of Michigan Department of Social Services from 1966-92.
Mr. Liuha was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Negaunee Lions Club, the V.A. Romo Post # 3165 V.F.W., the Pioneer Kiwanis, the Negaunee- Ishpeming Community Foundation, the Thrivent Board of Directors, Habitat for Humanity, the United Way, RSVP and was a volunteer at the Jacobetti Home for Veterans. A tireless volunteer, Mr. Liuha was modest about his many awards and honors for his achievements.
Surviving are his daughter, Katherine Liuha of Ishpeming (John Strom of Skandia), 4 nephews and 2 nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Joanne (Harju) Liuha in 2001, a brother William Liuha of Wakefield, and a sister Ellen Saine of Ishpeming.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 5, 2013, at Immanuel Lutheran Church with Rev. Steven Solberg officiating. Interment will be in the Negaunee Cemetery. The family will greet relatives and friends at a reception in the church fellowship hall following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Negaunee- Ishpeming Community Foundation's Joanne and Waino Liuha Memorial Scholarship Fund or any charity of choice in Waino's memory.
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