NEGAUNEE, MI. - Louis Richard "Reno" Paris, 90, of Oak St., Negaunee, died at 11:40 pm on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans where he had been a patient for 3 days.
Reno was born May 13, 1923 in Zorzino, Italy to Joseph and Teresa (Cappoferri) Paris and moved to Princeton at the age of 2. After attending school at Negaunee St. Paul School he enlisted in the United States Army, serving during WWII in the European Theatre of Operations with the 327 Combat Engineers attached to the 102 Infantry Division. Following his service to his country, Reno was employed with Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company as an underground miner, retiring from the Tilden Mine in 1982 with 41 years of service.
Mr. Paris was a devout member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Negaunee and was a life member of V.A. Romo Post #3165, Negaunee V.F.W. In his free time he enjoyed gardening, picking apples and mushrooms to share with family and friends, making salami and cudighi, playing his organ and accordion, and anything that had to with working. Reno was very active right up to his death. He prided himself in staying in good shape; doing 120 push-ups and sit-ups every morning, biking 1800 miles each summer, walking or riding his bike to church every morning, and visiting anyone he knew was house bound or in a nursing home. Most of all, Reno was a very kind man, and loved his time spent with family and friends.
Surviving are his loving wife of 65 years, Mary (Dutmer) Paris; 2 daughters: Connie (Jerry) Penney of Negaunee and Mary Lynn (Greg) Mantyla of Gwinn; 5 grandchildren: Stephanie (Chad) Hintsala, Pamela Thorne, Christopher (Megan) Penney, Jocelyn Atkinson and Zachary Mantyla; 7 great-grandchildren: Tyler, Megan and Autumn Hintsala, Zachery Thorne, Jameson Penney, and Chloe and Blake Atkinson; sister, Mary (Gerald) Paju of Negaunee; special nephew: Frank Paris; sister-in-law, Audrey Paris; and other nieces and nephews.
Reno was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Francisco 'Cisco' Paris; a sister, Catherine Paris; his step-father, Louis Meloni; and a nephew, Jeffrey Paju.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Monday, April 28th at St. Paul Catholic Church with Monsignor Peter Oberto officiating. Interment will take place in the Negaunee Cemetery. The family will greet relatives and friends from 10:00 am until the time of Mass at 11:00 am on Monday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed in Reno's memory to U.P. Home Health and Hospice or the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans Activity Fund.
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