Wayne Leo Simula, 74 of Esko passed away at St. Luke's Hospital on Friday, September 3, 2021. He was born in Duluth on January 29, 1947 to Leo and Mayme (Kantonen) Simula. He grew up in the Cloquet area, spending summers on the Simula farm just west of Cloquet. He graduated from the MN State Academy for the Blind in Faribault in 1965. Wayne was a strong foundation for the family with his impeccable memory and always reassuring support. He loved to read books and magazines, listen to Christian radio programs and learn more about his Finnish Heritage. He was a great baker who loved to add new recipes to his collection. Wayne was preceded in death by his parents. Wayne is survived by his brothers, Steve (Kathy), Herb, and Howard Simula; and many other relatives. Visitation: 1:00 p.m. until the 2:00 p.m. funeral service Tuesday, September 7, 2021 in the Atkins-Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th St., Cloquet. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Cloquet.