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William Scot Sundlie

05/28/1941 - 10/15/2021

William Scot Sundlie, 80, of Virginia, passed away Friday, October 15, 2021. He was born May 28, 1941 in Virginia, to William K. and Helen Sundlie. He lived with his parents and sister in Eveleth, MN. He graduated from Eveleth High School in 1959, then served in the U.S. Navy as a Navy Seal and on the USS Peterson during the Bay of Pigs and Cuban Missile Crisis.

After getting out of the military service, he married Pirkko Majander in January of 1964, had three children and lived in Wuori Township, north of Virginia. He worked as a truck driver for Century Mercury in Virginia and as a sporting sales agent at Johnson’s One Stop in Cook. Later in life, he became a business owner of Sundlie Ski and Sport. He went back to school to become a correctional officer and was employed at International Naturalization Services in Florence, Arizona. He retired after working there for over two decades.

He eventually made it back to Minnesota about five years ago. He attended his 60th class reunion last year in Eveleth where he spent time with old friends and reminisced about the good ol’ days.

He had a passion for helping others and the great outdoors. He loved spending time with family, friends, and new acquaintances. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and boater and loved spending time on the water and in nature. He enjoyed scuba diving, summer and winter camping, skiing, watching sports (especially football and baseball), and learning about new people or things.

William was preceded in death by his parents.

William is survived by his children, Eeva (Thomas) Vitez, Sandy Sundlie, and Tanya (Daniel) Long; two grandchildren, Ashley (Matthew) Rannikar, and Isaak Long; his sister in Arizona, Sandy (Todd) Johnson; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and his companion dog, Sammy.

Thank you to the family and friends, including Doug F. and Tony S. for being there for William. The family would also like to extend their thanks to the staff from U.S. Veterans Affairs Hibbing and Minneapolis Clinic and Spectrum Community Health. William expressed his love, fortune, and appreciation for his friendships, personal and professional relationships, and the outstanding care provided over the years.

A Memorial service will be held Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Northstar Church in Virginia at 2:00 p.m. with visitation beginning one half hour prior to the service. Pastor Terry Sonnentag will officiate. Inurnment will be held Monday, October 25, 2021 at 11:00 am at Greenwood Cemetery in Virginia. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Serviceman’s Club.

Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia.

4 thoughts on “William Scot Sundlie”

  1. LCDR Fred Drajna USN ret says:

    Rest in peace shipmate USN and class mate Eveleth High School.
    I remember when we joined the Navy under the buddy program July 22 1959 and were sent to boot camp at Great Lakes ILL.

  2. Roger J Milos Sr says:

    The struggle is over. Rest in peace, Bill. We take our many fond memories of going with you on the paper route and collecting from your customers, the dark room setup in a shed behind one of the several apartments you grew up in.
    Bill we were close in those years. Stay clear of my father over there on the other side. You’re are missed cousin.

  3. Roger Milos Sr says:

    Your struggle is over. Rest in peace. We shared many good time as cousins. Visited many times at the various homes your family had thru our growing years. It was a hell of a ride.

  4. Lisa Benson Toulon says:

    My mom, Marlene Kangas Benson, and Billy are first cousins. I remember meeting him as a child when he drove his motorcycle all the way from Minnesota down to Kankakee IL to visit my mom. We were very fortunate to have made a trip to Minnesota this past summer so my mom could visit all her 1st cousins. We had a wonderful visit filled with stories from their childhood. He made my mom very happy that day.

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Saturday 10/23/2021 at 2:00 PM
North Star Church, North State Highway 135, Virginia, MN, USA

Visitation begins at 1:30 PM