Sulo Emil PanulaSulo was quiet, soft spoken, steady, faithful to family and friends, and was admired and respected by all who knew him.
Sulo was quiet, soft spoken, steady, faithful to family and friends, and was admired and respected by all who knew him. For many decades he was a follower of Jesus Christ. On Nov.19, 2012, God took him home to be with Him for eternity. Sulo lived and died peacefully at home -- not from any illness, disease or complication. At age 93 years, he died from living a long, good life.
Born in Oulu, Wis. to Jacob and Agda Panula on May 6, 1919. Married on June 29, 1940, to Jean T Little of Iron River, Wis. Employed by the Iron River Creamery as a butter maker until induction into the U.S. Army in July 1943.
Sulo served in the South Pacific with the Special Engineer Brigade as a crew member aboard an LSM in support of the Australian forces in the Borneo Campaign of 1945. Upon his December 1945 discharge, Sulo continued his employment at the Iron River Creamery until moving his family to Superior in 1950 to accept employment at Valley Brook Creamery and later Twin Ports Dairy from which he retired in 1981.
Sulo was a longtime member of Bayside Baptist Church (formerly Ogden Avenue Baptist Church) where he was pleased to serve as deacon, usher, boy's program assistant, and wherever an additional set of hands would be helpful. He found much joy in his family, from his first born daughter, Sandra, to his last born great granddaughter, Ali Barahona and great great grandson, Wyatt Rudeen.
Sulo was preceeded in death by his parents; his brother, Toivo; his sisters, Aina and Ailie; daughter Susan Barahona-Bennis; son Michael; and daughter-in-law Alison.
He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Jean, daughter, Sandra Johnson (Wendell) of Blaine, Minn., sons: David (Myra) of Crystal, Minn., Timothy (Kathy) of Superior, and Lawrence of Springbrook,Wis., fourteen grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and one very happy great-great-grandson.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at Bayside Baptist Church, 3915 North 16th St., Superior. Interment will be at a later date at the Northern Wisconsin Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, Spooner, Wis. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, Samaritian's Purse, Bayside Baptist Church, or your preferred charity. More importantly, hug your kids ... often.