Tuura, Arne Antii Kustaa (1917-2010)

Arne Antii Kustaa Tuura, the son of the late John and Hilma (Wahaoja) Tuura, was born on August 13, 1917, in Spruce Valley Township of Marshall Co., near Middle River, Minnesota.

He attended school and grew to manhood in the Middle River community, and was baptized and confirmed in the Finnish Lutheran faith. Arne served with the U.S. Army from June of 1941 until October of 1945, seeing action in New Guinea and Luzon. He was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries received in combat.

Following his discharge from service, Arne returned to the family farm near Middle River. On June 7, 1947, Arne was united in marriage to Ione Langlie near Newfolden, Minnesota. The couple purchased their farm in Spruce Valley Township and farmed there for many years. In 1982, they retired and moved to the Royal Manor Apartments in Middle River where they have since made their home. Arne was a member of First Lutheran Church of Middle River, of the Middle River American Legion Post, and served on the Middle River School Board for many years. Arne enjoyed dancing, playing cards and was an avid sports fan. He had been in failing health for the past several years and passed away at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND, on Saturday morning, January 23, 2010, at the age of 92 years, 5 months and 10 days.

He is survived by his wife, Ione; two daughters: Janice (Wayne) Larson and Marlene (Jerome) Lund, both of Middle River; daughter-in-law: Ann Tuura, of Thief River Falls; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one sister: Viola Johnson, of Newfolden; in addition to many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Arne was preceded in death by one son: Michael in October of 2003 and his parents.

[Interred Finnish Lutheran cemetery]

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky