From the "Montana Standard," March 27, 2001 online edition:
Wesley Raiha, 80
Surrounded by his wife of 58 years and loving family, Wesley John Raiha died Sunday morning, succumbing to his battle with cancer.
Wesley was born May 9, 1920, to John and Flora (Jarvi) Raiha in Wolverine, Mich. He came to Montana with his parents as a youth and worked of various jobs such as Western Union until he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in the Bitterroot before going into the Army. While in the army, he was stationed at Pearl Harbor during World War II and was wounded in the attack on Pearl Harbor. After the war, Wes came back to Butte where he spent more than 35 years working in the Butte mines, with the last 15 years spent as motorman in the Kelley Mine.
Wesley was preceded in death by his parents, two sis ters and five brothers.
Survivors include his wife and partner, Marie Raiha, 10 children, 30 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, with three more on the way. There was a special place in his heart for his first grandchild, Pamela Flink Geach, whom he called `` the good one.'' Surviving children and spous es include sons, Lloyd Raiha, John and Sandy Raiha, Ralph and Leanna Raiha, Marvin and Barbara Raiha; daugh ters, Linda Raiha, Carol and Ron Munoz, Ruth and Sheldon Burt, June and Leo Cook, Brenda and John Markin, and Kimberly and Romero Gonzalez.
We will always remember our dad and grandfather for his many wonderful qualities. He so loved his daily hikes and as he takes this last hike with his God, we miss him greatly.
Cremation has taken place. Private family services are pending.
Memorials: Butte Emergency Food Bank or the Skyline Sportsmen's Fishing Access Fund.
MONTANA DEATH INDEX, 1907-2002 & SOCIAL SECURITH DEATH INDEX:
Died: 18 Nov 1953 at 57 years of age
Index #: SB 170
Died: 10 Feb 1937 at 49 years of age
Index #: SB 11119
Died: 06 Jul 1960 at 68 years of age
Marital Status: Widowed
Index #: SB 295
RAIHA, Robert E.
Died: 07 Sep 1989 at 57 years of age
County(s) of Death & Residence: Deer Lodge County
Marital Status: Single--Never Married
Index #: 4456
Died: 19 Sep 1959 at 0 years of age
Index #: 8204
RAIHA, Wesley J.
Born: May 09 1920 (SSDI)
Died: 25 Mar 2001 at 80 years of age
Marital Status: Married
SS#: 516-18-1475 (Issued in Montana before 1951)
County(s) of Death & Residence: Butte, Silver Bow County, MT 59701
Born: 02 Jan 1924
Died: Apr 1984 in Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana 46383
SS#: 517-16-5256 (Issued in Montana before 1951)
RAIHA, Ann F.
Born: 29 Jul 1932
Died: 21 Jul 2000 in Osborn, Shoshone County, Idaho
SS#: 517-30-1569 (Issued in Montana befoe 1951)
WORLD WAR I DRAFT REGISTRATION CARD, 1917:
Name: Jalmar Raiha
Address: 500 E. Park, Butte, Montana
Age: 29 years
Birthdate: September 15, 1881
Birthplace: Jakkulyla, Finland (is not naturalized citizen)
Employer: Anaconda Mining Company
Location: Original Mine (Note: this is the actual name of the mine).
Nearest Relative: None
Claim Exemption: (illegible word)
Physical Description: Tall, heavy build; blue eyes, auburn hair.
/s/ June 5, 1917
Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana
(Polk) 1928 BUTTE CITY DIRECTORY, Page 350:
RAIHA, Hjalmar A.; miner--A.C.M. Co.; resides at 243 E. Park St.
(Polk) 1952 BUTTE CITY DIRECTORY, Page 228:
RAIHA, John; miner--A.C.M. Co.; householder at 26 1/2 N. Gaylord St.
RAIHA, Roy (Ann); miner--A.C.M. Co.; householder at 342 E. Broadway St.
RAIHA, Wesley J. (Marie); miner--A.C.M. Co.; householder at 714 1/2 E. Broadway St.
(Polk) 1957 BUTTE CITY DIRECTORY, Page 548:
RAIHA, Roy C. (Ann F.); miner; Anaconda Company; householder at 55 W. Daly St. (Walkerville)
RAIHA, Wesley J. (Marie P.); miner; Anaconda Company; householder at 825 15th St.
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