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CLINTON - James L. "Rusty" Vitaniemi, 76, of Clinton, died at 9:26 P.M. May 8, 2017, in Clinton Gardens Nursing Home. He was born July 1, 1940, in Gary, to Oliver and Mildred "Red" Snowberry Vitaniemi.
He was a 1958 graduate of Clinton High School. He was a US Army veteran and retired from Alcan after 39 years of service. His team won Bistecca in 2000.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Elaine Vitaniemi.
He is survived by one son, Stacey and Becky Vitaniemi of Clinton; two daughters, Valerie and Kerry Huls of Clinton, and Laura Jo and Jason Hill of Mount Carroll, Ill.; six grandchildren, Shelby and Josh Foster, Tori Vitaniemi, Olivia Burton, Gwendolyn Davis, James "JT" Vitaniemi, and Kylie Hill; two great-grandchildren, Kammi and Karolina Foster; two brothers, Kenny and Jane Vitaniemi, and Gary and Martha Vitaniemi, all of Clinton; two sisters-in-law, Janet and Donnie Upp, and Kathy Rollins; one brother-in-law, Steve Rollins; and several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and cousins.
Cremation has been chosen. There will be private memorial services at a later date. Online condolences may be made at:
Published on May 9, 2017
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