SPURR TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Wayne T. Wiljanen, age 66, of 25628 Nelson St., Michigamme, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at his home.
Wayne was born October 24, 1946, in Ishpeming to John Emil and Helmi (Partanen) Wiljanen. He graduated from Champion High School and attended Northern Michigan University. Wayne worked for a few years on the iron ore boats before becoming a member of the Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 7, retiring at the age of 60.
Wayne enjoyed spending time outdoors: fishing, cutting firewood, and taking rides in the woods. He also enjoyed throwing horseshoes, watching all varieties of sports, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Wayne is survived by his wife Jane (Taeger) Wiljanen, whom he married on November 1, 1972; 3 children: Bryan (Dana) Wiljanen of Curtis, MI, Bradly (Jodi) Wiljanen of Ishpeming and Bruce (Kati) Wiljanen of Tampere, Finland; a sister Miriam Jackson of Champion; 8 grandchildren: Ivan, Luke, Katie, Zachary, Mackenzie, Max, Miranda and Josh; and 2 nephews Andy and Alan Waisanen.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents Emil and Helmi.
Honoring Wayne's request there will be no services.
Wayne's obituary may be viewed at www.bjorkandzhulkie.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.