Martin David McGrath
HOUGHTON – Martin (Mort) David McGrath, 91, of Houghton, passed away peacefully on May 4, 2016, at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette. He was a loving father that will be missed by his family.
He was born May 20, 1924, in Hancock, the son of late Bessie and Bert McGrath. He was the oldest of two siblings.
He was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II prior to his high school graduation date. His parents received his high school diploma on his behalf in 1943.
On April 29, 1949, he married Elba Susan Ylitalo, who preceded him in death.
Mort served for nine years in the U.S. Army and Air Force during World War II from 1943 to 1945 and the Korean War from 1950 to 1954 respectively.
After his honorable discharge from the Air Force, he attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering and Michigan Tech.
He worked for the State of Michigan Department of Highways and Transportation, first as a surveyor and then a steel structure superintendent on the Houghton-Hancock bridge for 26 years, retiring in 1986. Mort was one of the original bridge operators for the Houghton-Hancock bridge when it opened in June 1960.
Mort also served as a member of the Houghton Volunteer Fire Department for 17 years and was a member of Michigan State Employees Association Retirees’ and VFW Post 6165 in South Range.
Mort loved his family and spent as much time as he could with them.
He is survived by his three sons, three daughters and their spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, George (Patricia) McGrath of Danville, California, Susie (Chris) Duca of Cape Coral, Florida, Tony (Laurie) McGrath of Negaunee, Michele (Brian) Geshel of Hubbell, Julie (Bob) Riolo of Appleton, Wisconsin, and Marty (Jamie) McGrath of Stevensville; 12 grandchildren, Morgan McGrath of Kirkland, Washington, Miles and Andrea Duca of Cape Coral, Florida, Shane (Jennifer Torreano-McGrath) McGrath of Grand Rapids, Chelsea (Kory St. Arauld – Fianc) McGrath of Marquette, Cody McGrath of Negaunee, Ryan (Mae) Ricci of Bloomington, Minnesota, Travis Ricci of Appleton, Wisconsin, Brigitte McGrath of Stevensville, McLain McGrath of Denver, Colorado, Hannah McGrath of Chicago, Illinois and Liam McGrath of Stevensville; two great-grandchildren, Kaili and Luca Ricci; and eight stepchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Agnes and her husband, Quint; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 9, 2016, at the Church of the Resurrection in Hancock, 900 Quincy Street 49931, with Rev. Fr. William Ssozi to celebrate.
Interment will be at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Houghton.
Friends may call at the O’Neill-Dennis Funeral Home in Hancock on Sunday, May 8, 2016, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Memorials in lieu of flowers, may be directed to the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans Activity Fund, 425 Fisher Street, Marquette, 49855, in the name of Martin David McGrath.
The O’Neill-Dennis Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements.
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