Walter Louis Archambeau

HOUGHTON – Walter Louis Archambeau, of Houghton, 88, passed away peacefully at his home with his family by his side on April 1, 2016.

He was born in Ripley on February 26, 1928. He was the son of the late Lewis (Dewey) and Edith (Anderson) Archambeau. Walt attended Ripley school and graduated from Hancock High School with the class of 1948.

He was a volunteer firefighter for the Ripley Fire Department prior to his military service. He was a veteran of the Korean War and served from 1950 to 1952.

Walt married Donna Salo at the Grace Methodist Church in Houghton in April 1954 and they shared a wonderful life together for 62 years.

After his military service, he became an electrician and was instrumental in completing several large projects within the Houghton and Hancock communities. Walt was a proud member of Union IBEW Local 906 and American Legion.

As an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed the outdoors and especially loved the many dogs that came to be within his care. Most days he could be found hiking or skiing with the dogs. Walt enjoyed fishing with his family and spending cherished time with his many loving nieces and nephews. In his later years, he loved a nap in the sunshine on summer days.

Walt is survived by his wife, Donna; brother-in-law, Milton Salo (Karen); sister-in-law, Ruth; the late (Max) Clymer; sister-in-law, Faith; and the late (Jim) Makela. Walt was loved by his extended family, cousins, neighbors, and touched the hearts of all that he met.

In keeping with his wishes, no funeral services will be held at this time.

A memorial service is planned later this summer.

Interment will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Hancock in the spring with the Copper Country Veterans Association to render military honors.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Omega House or the Copper County Humane Society would be appreciated.

The family is thankful for the wonderful care and support from Portage Health Home Health Care and Hospice.

The O’Neill-Dennis Funeral Home in Hancock is assisting with the arrangements.

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