GWINN, Mich. - Arne L. Asplund, 92, of 3212 W. Crooked Lane, Gwinn, died at 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, at the Eastwood Nursing Center where he had resided since mid-July.
Arne was born December 6, 1919, to Matt and Ida (Narkio) Asplund and was a graduate of Palmer High School. Following high school, Arne served in the United States Army during WWII, serving from 1942-1945 in the Military Police transporting prisoners to New York from overseas. He traveled to Africa, Scotland, England, France, Holland, Belgium and Germany. He was awarded the American Theater Service Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with 3 bronze stars and the Good Conduct Medal.
Arne worked as a pipefitter and was a member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, Local 414. Arne (or 'Mutrie' as his friends called him) was a humble, hardworking, Christian man. He loved nature and animals and loved spending time at his Bear Creek hunting camp. He was a hunter and fisherman, loved cutting wood, working jigsaw puzzles, and reading, often reading his Bible. During his last few years he spent his time feeding the birds and animals.
Mr. Asplund leaves behind many friends and neighbors from the W. Bass Lake area who loved him and will miss him, and special friends Kenneth "Butchie" Hewitt and Ted Balzarini and family. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Ellen (Celio) DiBernardo and Aune (Ole) Carlson.
A graveside memorial service will be held in the spring at the Negaunee Cemetery with the date and time to be announced by the Koskey Funeral Home. A special thank you goes out to the staff at the Eastwood Nursing Center for their care. For those wishing to make a memorial contribution Arne supported the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, and also the Marquette County Humane Society, UPPAWS.
"I am the resurrection and the life," says the Lord: he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believeth in me shall never die." John 11:25
Condolences may be expressed online at www.koskeyfuneralhome.com