Felix Wirta

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  • Name: Felix Wirta
  • Location of Birth: Trout Lake Township, Itasca County, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: May 5, 1916
  • Date of Death: October 27, 2000 (84 years old)
  • Parents: Frank Wirta and Edla (Pelto) Wirta
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  • Highest Rank: S SGT (Staff Sergeant)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Military Awards:
    Purple Heart
    Silver Star
    Bronze Star Medals

  • Military Highlights:
    Felix served in Fort Knox, Kentucky and in Europe and was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge. He received the Purple Heart, Silver Star, and Bronze Star Medals.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Felix grew up in the Trout Lake area in Itasca County, Minnesota and attended Elmwood School.

    Felix and Mildred Ash were married on July 11, 1942 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

    Following Felix's return from military service, he and Millie moved to the family farm in 1946 and resided there for 53 years,

    Felix worked in area mines and farmed until his retirement in 1983.

    He was a member of the Mt. Olive Lutheran Church of Bovey, Minnesota and the Warba American Legion Post #432, Warba, Minnesota.

    Survivors include his wife, Millie; children; Darla Anderson, Gary (Debbie), Larry (Toni), and Barbara (Charles) Russell; seven grandchildren; sisters, Ellen Cowfer and Lila LaDoux; and a brother, Howard (Roye) Wirta.

    His parents, Frank and Edla; two brothers, Frank and Fred; and two sisters, Elma Saw and Ilene Sullivan preceded him in death.

    Felix died in his home and is buried in Lakeview Cemetery at Coleraine, Minnesota. (1st Addition)

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