Richard Arthur Estola – The Daily Globe


IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP, Michigan – Richard Arthur Estola, 74, of Ironwood Township, died in glory on Friday, February 4, 2022.

Rick was born November 9, 1947 in Detroit, the son of Waino and Mayme (Sirvio) Estola.

He married Elizabeth Joan Ruotsala on June 21, 1969 and together they raised 12 children.

After graduating from Luther L. Wright High School in Ironwood, in 1965, Rick attended Marquette Auto Body School. He served in the US Army Reserves for six years while founding Rick’s Body Shop in 1968 and then Rick’s Muffler Center in 1981. During this time he also bought and sold cars and continued to do so until on his retirement. His love for the community led him to serve as Ironwood Township Administrator and then Supervisor from 2000 to 2008.

The foundation of his life was his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was a life member of the Apostolic Lutheran Church, holding many offices.

Rick is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Betty; 12 children, Anita (Dan) Warren, Woodland, Washington, Brandon (Angie), Ironwood, Grace (Sam) Stenersen, Amboy, Washington, Jay (Dawn), Campobello, SC, Sarah (Tim) Aho, Wolf Lake, Minnesota, Jim (Clara), Alan (Val), and Jed (Krista), all of Ironwood, Megan (Nick) Aho, Wolf Lake, Corey (Kara), Ironwood, Robert (EmaLeigh), Yorktown, Virginia, and Jared (Samantha ) , Ironwood; 50 grandchildren including two to come; 12 great-grandchildren; five siblings, Sue Suomi, Ed (Rachel), Bruce (Sharon), Julie (Karl) Somero and Steve (Robin); and many nieces and nephews.

His parents predeceased him; one brother, Leonard; one sister, Joan; and a grandson, Graham Aho.

A funeral service will be held Friday, Feb. 11 at 3 p.m., preceded by visitation at 1 p.m., at the Apostolic Lutheran Church, 326 W. Aurora St., Ironwood.

A lunch will follow the service.

A burial service and interment will be held at Sunset Acres Cemetery in Ironwood Township in the spring.

Jerald Rocco, owner and manager of Lakeside Memorial Chapel Inc., in Wakefield, helps the family make arrangements. To send your condolences online, go to


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