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William A. "Winky" Rantala

March 5, 1939 — October 10, 2020

William A. "Winky" Rantala, age 81 of Alston, MI passed away on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at Bayside Village in L'Anse, MI.

Winky was born March 5, 1939 in Nisula, MI son of Wesley and Lydia (Kieranen) Rantala. He graduated from Baraga High School in 1957, and then went to machinist school at NMU. Winky served in the U.S. Army from January 1959-61 during the Vietnam era, spending 13 months in Korea. On November 24, 1962 he married the former Lillian Carlson in Nisula. They resided in Milwaukee where he worked as a machinist at Harley Davidson Motorcycle Co. In 1966 they moved to Detroit where Winky worked construction until November 1966 when they moved to L'Anse. In 1970 they moved to their current home in Alston. He worked in the logging industry until retirement.

He was a member of Mission United Lutheran Church and the VFW Post 7646 in Alston. Winky enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, trapping, fishing, making his own fishing lures, golfing and bowling.

Winky is survived by his wife Lillian of Alston; sons, Dean (Susan) Rantala of Alston, Duane (Lori) Rantala of Ishpeming, MI; sister-in-law Janice Rantala of Ontonagon; three grandchildren, Amanda (Brandon) Finney of Midland, MI, Christian of Marquette, and Carleigh of Ishpeming.

Preceding him in death are his parents and brother Frederick Rantala.

Private family services will be held with Rev John Ansell officiating. Burial will be in the Nisula Cemetery with military rites by the Baraga County Area Veterans. The Jacobson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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