Willie Simon Salo
02/10/1941 - 12/20/2021
Willie Simon Salo was born on February 10, 1941 in Soudan, Minnesota to Eino and Lydia Salo as the youngest of five boys. He entered his heavenly home on December 20, 2021 having reached the age of 80 years, 10 months and 10 days.
Willie married Diane Wirkkala in 1962 and together they brought three sons into the world: Bill (Lynn), Dean (Kristie), and Mark. The two later divorced. Willie went on to meet his life-partner, Sandra Street, in 1989 and remained committed to her until her death.
Willie enjoyed fishing, partridge hunting, and being on the river. He had a heart for dogs and would often speak to them in the voice he thought they would have…if they were a person. He made many friends in life, especially at the Irongate Apartments and Carefree Living in Aurora.
Willie is survived by his son, Dean; daughters-in-law, Kristie and Lynn; grandchildren, Megan Salo and Michael Salo; brother, Donald (Vi) Salo; and many beloved nieces and nephews; bonus daughters: Linda (Mike) Sweno and Lisa Street; bonus grandchildren: Tony, Nezia and Sophia Wiswell; Marina and Marissa Kelly; bonus great-grandchildren: Tanner Dennis, Milani and Gianna Boshey.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Arthur, Casey and Edmond; sons: Bill and Mark; and partner, Sandi Street.
Visitation will be Monday, December 27 at 6:00-8:00pm, funeral service will be Tuesday, December 28 at 1:00. Both will be held at the Range Funeral Home in Virginia, Minnesota.
Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia.