James Jay Junttila | News, Sports, Jobs
LAURIUM – James Jay Junttila, 75, of Laurium, a well-known local photojournalist and outdoor sports writer, died on May 17, 2022 in Hancock.
Born September 27, 1946, in Laurium to the late Wilbert H. Junttila and Virginia S. (Peterson) Junttila, Jim attended Washington School in Calumet, and when the family moved, Wakefield Central School, graduated from the Wakefield High School, Class of 1964. He attended Gogebic Community College, Michigan Tech University, and Wayne State University, graduating in 1968.
Jim loved hockey, playing for Wakefield “Red Wings”Gogebic chefs and an intramural MTU team “The Flying Finns”.
He began his writing career in Wakefield by writing a weekly column, “The Sport by Jimmy”for the Wakefield News, during his junior and senior years in high school.
Jim Spent a 30-year career as an award-winning copywriter for advertising agencies in Detroit, Boston, Providence RI, Tampa FL, Columbus OH, New Orleans and Chicago. He was editor and publisher of Fishing Holes magazine for 5 years in Seattle.
Jim was a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) and the Michigan Outdoor Writers Association (MOWA).
After coming full circle on his return to copper country, Jim became a weekly outdoor columnist for the Daily Mining Gazette.
He was an avid outdoorsman, fisherman, partridge and deer hunter and a lover of Isle Royale. He was a member, photojournalist and past president of the Calumet-Keweenaw Sportsmen’s Club. Jim’s most treasured memories revolved around travelling, exploring, beaching, swimming and fishing with his sons Kevin and Jason.
Jim is survived by his son, Kevin (Doneva Snyder) Junttila of Calumet and his grandsons, Jacob, Carson and Aidan Junttila of FL; sons, Jason Junttila and granddaughters, Zoe and Raena Junttila of Belen, New Mexico. He is also survived by Mary Ellen Junttila of Belen, New Mexico, and Marion Hogan of Seattle, Washington.
His siblings also survive; Mary Junttila from Seattle, Kristine (Roger) Riutta from Oskar Bay, Karen (James) Johnson from Big Traverse, Claudia (late Daniel) Junttila from Calumet and Sharon (late John) Junttila from Calumet. 26 nieces and nephews, many cousins and an aunt, Angie Junttila.
Jim was baptized and confirmed in Calumet Apostolic Lutheran Church. A celebration of life will take place later this summer in Calumet.
His many fictional column characters, “Woods, Water, and Worse” : Sandy Bottom, Dolly Partanen, Vernal Equinox, Summer Solstice and more bid farewell to Copper Country readers.
Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet is helping the family with the preparations.
Online condolences can be left for the family at ericksoncrowleypeterson.com