Raymond Otto Berglund
CHOCOLAY TOWNSHIP, MI – Raymond Otto Berglund, age 91, of Chocolay Township, entered eternal life Wednesday morning, November 22, 2017, at UP Health System – Marquette, in the loving care of his family.
Born June 17, 1926, in Marquette, a son of Otto and Evangeline (Peterson) Berglund, Ray was raised in West Branch Township and attended Graveraet High School. He enlisted in the US Navy during World War II, serving from 1944 to 1946, and was honorably discharged with the rank of Seaman 2nd Class. On November 22, 1947, Ray married Ruth Johnson in Marquette, and together the couple established a home in Marquette and began raising a family. Ray was employed for over 43 years with Lake Shore, Inc., as a laborer-machinist, retiring in 1987. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed walking, hunting, fishing, and taking short rides in the woods. Other pastimes included playing cribbage, being an enthusiastic Packer fan, Detroit Tiger fan, and watching college football.
Ray is survived by his children, Kathryn (Billy) Perry of Shingleton, Richard (Donnie) Berglund and James Berglund both of Marquette; and Debra (Ken Peterson) Berglund of Skandia; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; his sisters, Sara (Wayne) Fisher of South Dakota and Diana (Michael) Johnson of North Carolina; brothers, John “Jack” (Lois Kokko) Berglund and Lee (Vonda) Berglund both of West Branch Township, and Steve (Janet) Berglund of Iron Mountain; a brother-in-law, Howard (Crystal) Johnson of Albany, OR; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In addition to his parents and wife, Ruth, Ray was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Sue Berglund.
Friends may call at the Fassbender Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 29, beginning at 1:00 pm until the time of service at 3:00 pm Wednesday afternoon. Rev. Leon Jarvis will preside and veterans honors will be accorded by members of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 380. Ray’s grandsons will serve as honorary escorts.
Interment will be made in the Northland Chapel Gardens.
Condolences may be expressed online at fassbenderfuneralhome.com