MICHIGAMME, Mich. - Richard H. Wedin, age 90, longtime Spurr Twp. resident died on Monday, September 3, 2012 at the Mather Nursing Center in Ishpeming, where he had been a patient for less than three weeks, after battling melanoma for a year.
Dick was born on July 9, 1922 in Arnold, MN, the seventh of eight children born to Martha (Jonsson) and Eric Wedin, recent emigrants from Ragunda, Sweden.
The family later moved to Michigamme, MI where they struggled to raise their children in the Great Depression. Dick was a graduate of the Michigamme High School, who worked as a woodsman in sawmills and lumber camps until he entered the U.S. Army in 1943. He served three years during World War II as a camouflage engineer in the front lines with the 602nd Camouflage Battalion in the European Theater.
Richard H. Wedin
When he returned from the war, he worked as a logger, and developed his own logging business. He married Lily Smith on December 22, 1951, and lived on the farm Lily's father had homesteaded when he came to this country. There, they raised their four children. By this time, Richard had begun working for the North Range Mining Co., at the Champion Mine. After the Champion Mine, Dick worked for the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Co. at the Mather B, Republic and Tilden Mines until 1984, when he retired at 61 years old. Richard then started up Wedin Sawmill, which he operated for over twenty years.
Dick served his community in township government, as the supervisor of Spurr Twp. for over twenty years. He worked as a Luther League leader and on the council of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Mich-igamme, and served as Commander of the American Legion in Michigamme. It was during these years that Dick worked to get an ambulance for the town and to develop and operate a teen center.
He was a member of the Ahmeek Lodge Odd Fellows #150 in Ishpeming; AmVets Post #1190 in Covington, Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #8945 in Covington, Life Member of the L'Anse Masonic Lodge #547; Member of the Scottish Rite, Valley of Marquette; the Ahmed Temple Shiners; the Keweenaw Bay Shrine Club, L'Anse; and the Messiah Lutheran Church of Marquette.
Dick was a hardworking man with a big personality. Anyone who met him would agree he was one-of-a-kind, and no one could fill his shoes. He was a great storyteller with a sharp wit and a wonderful, irreverent sense of humor. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends whom he loved.
Dick loved the woods. He was very proud of being "one hundred percent Swedish." He enjoyed time spent joking and arguing with his coffee buddies and his poker pals. Richard read constantly; he especially loved a good mystery. He liked to watch boxing and football, he loved the Vikings and loved to hate the Packers. He enjoyed a couple of hours in the casino, and he always loved being in the company of his grandsons, who adored their "Papa."
Dick is survived by his four children: Darlene (Donald) Dreisbach of Marquette; Richard of Michigamme; Donald of Abbotsford, WI; and Robert (Helen "Bitsy") of Marquette, and fiver grandsons: Tristan Dreisbach of Brooklyn, NY, and Johannes Dreisbach, Samuel, Benjamin and Nicholas Wedin all of Marquette. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, and a sister-in-law, Dorothy (Frank) Smith.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Lily, who died in 1996; his parents, Eric and Martha Wedin; and his siblings: Olaf (Mabel) Wedin, Ellen (Algot) Skoglund, Carl (Margaret) Wedin, Erick Wedin, Erma Wedin, Ruth (Alfred "Bunny") Plattenberg, and Edith (Robert) Rajala.
The family will greet relatives and friends from 6 until 8pm on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home where a Masonic Memorial service will be held at 7:30pm. Family will also greet relatives and friends from 12:00noon until 1:00pm on Friday, September 7, 2012 at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Marquette. Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm on Friday at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Marquette with the Rev.'s David Van Kley and Amanda Kossow to officiate. Interment will take place at Northland Chapel Gardens in Negaunee Twp. where Military Honors will be accorded.
Richard's obituary may also be viewed at www.bjorkandzhulkie.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.