Walter Pete Huhtala

Walter “Pete” Huhtala, age 77, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Pete was born in Sault Saint Marie, Michigan to Margaret and Walter Huhtala on November 10th, 1942.  He was a graduate of St. Francis High School in Traverse City and joined the US military shortly thereafter.
He worked various trades over the years from the railroad line to computer systems analyst in his formative years. Always the hands-on person displaying a wonderful knack for solving problems.  
Pete enjoyed a good game of pool with a few Killian’s Red at the ready and a well-done steak.
He was a veteran of United States Air Force and served as a fighter jet mechanic at various military installations to include Kincheloe AFB and Goose Bay AFB, Labrador being honorably discharged in 1964.
Pete is survived by his wife Carol (Barron) Huhtala and children, Joel, Deborah (Snow), John, Jody, Lisa (Hicks), Julia and 10 grandchildren.
Pete was surrounded by his immediate family on his last days with a two fingers of crown royal whiskey toast being given shortly before his joining our heavenly father.
In lieu of a memorial service there will be a private family celebration of his life.
Family, friends, and others whose lives Pete touched are invited to make a donation to Saint Judes Children’s Hospital or the Veteran’s Administration Hospital.
Friends and family may offer condolences online at
Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Crawford County Avalanche

Mailing Address
Box 490
Grayling, MI 49738

Phone: 989-348-6811
FAX: 989-348-6806

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