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Willard Lester Niemiste, Jr.

12/29/1940 - 11/17/2021

Willard “Bud” Lester Niemiste, Jr. passed away at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s in Duluth on Wednesday, November 17, 2021.

Bud was born on December 29, 1940 in Virginia to Edith and Willard Niemiste, Sr. He joined the Navy after graduating from Mt. Iron High School, class of 1958. He specialized in airline mechanics in the Navy. After his service in the Navy he moved back to Minnesota, then to San Jose, CA where he worked for United Airlines as an airline mechanic until he retired. After retiring he moved back to Minnesota.

He is survived by his son, Jeff Niemiste; daughter, Wendy Hogan of CA; several grandchildren; siblings: Carol (Marvin) Saari of Virginia, Nancy (Jim) Sheehy of Mesa, AZ, Polly (Joe) Lalonde of Mt. Iron, and Evie (Walt) Stockey of West Virginia; many cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Beverly; son, Rusty Niemiste of CA; and his brother, Bill of Carrollton, TX.

Private graveside services are planned. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia.

2 thoughts on “Willard Lester Niemiste, Jr.”

  1. Sheila Greenwaldt says:

    My dearest Niemiste Family, I’m so saddened by this news of uncle Bud passing. I remember him the most when he would always come over on his wheeler with his beloved dog. It was so nice being able to have him living so close to me when I lived in Minnesota. I also remember having the pleasure of getting to know Wendy when she came up to stay with her dad. Now he will rest in peace with my mother who also passed away, Deloyes Terrio/ Greenwaldt/ Edstrom. I’m going to say a prayer for all of your hearts today, as it is never easy losing a parent. My heart just cries for all of you. Bud was so nice to me and was a good person to hang out with. He even let me drive his car once, that was probably the only time in my life that I will ever get to drive a nice car, I thanked him so much for that opportunity. He sure could tell some great stories and some really good jokes too. I so wish I could come back to MN for his final send off, but being in Arizona now makes it a little tough to get up that way again, as I am caring for my grandsons on a daily basis. Anyway, love to all, I will have a beer or two for uncle Bud! Love Always, Sheila Greenwaldt
    PS. Please keep in touch, I would like to keep up with the news of this side of my family, there are not too many of us left now. So if someone could email me every now and then I would greatly appreciate it! Love all of you!

  2. Ahnikka Greenwaldt says:

    Ahnikka Greenwaldt Glendale AZ

    So sorry to hear about the loss of cousin Bud. Wish we would have been able to make more memories with him over the last few years. We loved his visits with his dog and enjoyed his jokes while riding around on the wheeler. Will definately have one last beer for him for his final send of since we are not close enough to make it. He will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved him.

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