ISHPEMING, Mich. - Roy Erland Byykkonen, age 76, went to be with the Lord, on Friday, January 11, 2013, with family by his side, at The Marquette County Medical Care Facility where he has resided since 2008. He was born October 4, 1936, in Pelkie, Michigan, a son of the late Abel and Lillian Byykkonen. He graduated from Baraga High School in 1954. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955-1957. He re-enlisted and served from 1958-1961. He married Shirley Pesola on September 2, 1961. He worked for the Ford Motor Company, White Pine Copper Company, Ropes Gold Mine, the Mather B Mine, and the U.S. Postal Service. He also worked at Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company, where he retired in 1998 with 28 years of service.