ISHPEMING, MI. Earl L. Oja, age 60, of 980 Wabash St., Ishpeming passed away on June 9, 2014 at his home of an apparent heart attack.
Earl was born October 22, 1953 in Ishpeming the son of the late Raymond E. and Betty J. (Holmgren) Oja. Earl grew up in Ishpeming and was a graduate of the Ishpeming High School, Class of 1971 and had attended Northern Michigan University.
Early in his career he worked for CCI and for the past 26 years was employed by the City of Ishpeming. While working with the City, Earl worked as a paramedic with the EMS, in the Department of Public Works and for the past several years served as the leadman at the Ishpeming Cemetery.
Earl was a retired member of the Ishpeming Fire Dept. along with a current member of the Ishpeming Elks Lodge and the Wesley United Methodist Church. Earl loved to go duck hunting and fishing, along with going for a bike ride which he would do anytime of the year.
He was an avid Green Bay Packer fan and always supported the Ishpeming Hematites. His golden retreiver "Lucy" and cat "Ethel" held a special place in his heart.
Survivors include his wife Shelley (Pascoe) Oja whom he married on June 1, 1991 of Ishpeming; a daughter Sharon (Brent) Roberts of Chandler, AZ; 2 sons Eric and Ray Oja both of Ishpeming; a sister Nancy (Chuck) Nora of Ishpeming; grandchildren Hudson and Parker Roberts; mother-in-law Betty Pascoe of Champion; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Carolyn and Jerry Plattenberg of Humboldt; brother-in-law John Soderberg of Ishpeming; nieces and nephews Seth Nora, Jackie (fiance' Ethan LeSage) Scanlon, Brad (Maija) Niemi, Jodi Niemi, Todd (Natasha) Plattenberg, Jerry (Eileen) Plattenberg, Jr.; along with many great nieces and nephews.
Earl was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Julie Soderberg, and his father-in-law James Pascoe.
The family will greet relatives and friends from 10:00am 1:00pm on Friday, June 13, 2014 at the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 1:00pm on Friday at the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home with the Rev. Scott Lindenberg to officiate. Inurnment will take place at the Ishpeming Cemetery.
A luncheon will follow the services at the Ishpeming Elks Lodge.
Pallbearers will be John Soderberg, Chuck and Seth Nora, Brad Niemi, Brent Roberts, Jerry Sr, Jerry Jr. and Todd Plattenberg, and Bob "Hairball" Antilla. Honorary pallbears will be members of the Ishpeming Fire Dept.
Earl's obituary may also be viewed at bjorkandzhulkie.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.