Paul Francis Hyypio

TAPIOLA — Paul Francis Hyypio, 85, a resident of Tapiola/Otter Lake, died Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at the Iron County Medical Care Facility in Crystal Falls with his wife, Nancy K. by his side.

He was born January 20, 1932, in Tapiola, Michigan, a son of the late John and Olga (Peterson) Hyypio, and was a graduate of the John A. Doelle High School in Tapiola.

Paul was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1952-54 in the Korean War as a machine gunner. He was the recipient of two Bronze Stars.

After his military discharge, Paul attended and graduated from the Michigan State Police Academy in Lansing. He served with the State Police for 25 years at several posts throughout Michigan. A meritorious service citation was awarded to Trooper Paul F. Hyypio on March 8, 1962, for services characterized by alertness, outstanding ability, and devotion to duty in saving the life of an injured 14 year old runaway boy by pulling him out of a pursued stolen car that was engulfed in flames after a collision with another vehicle and a propane gas tank. Paul retired as Detective Sergeant on July 4, 1980, from the Redford post.

Paul was first married to Norma Jean Smith. Together, they raised three children.

On June 2, 1980, he married the former Nancy Diroff in Monroe, Michigan. On the day of Paul’s retirement, the couple returned to the U.P. residing at the Hyypio Centennial Homestead.

Paul was a member of the Tapiola Apostolic Lutheran Church, Michigan State Troopers Association, Chassell V.F.W. Post 6507, and the Doelle Senior Center.

He was an outdoorsman and naturalist and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Paul was happiest when he was building and remodeling his precious homestead. He loved his family dearly and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He will be fondly remembered by his family as the type of man legends are made of.

Paul is survived by his loving wife, Nancy K. “Kris” of Tapiola; two daughters, Linda Marie (Donald) Anderson of New Jersey, and Kathleen Ann Etter and husband, Rick Hunt of Manistee, Michigan; a son, Steven Paul Hyypio of California; four grandchildren, Catherine (Scott) Anderson, Jonathan Damen, Carl Etter and Deena Etter; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Ida (Stan) Michaelson of Tapiola; a sister-in-law, Evelyn Hyypio of Florida; in-laws, William (Debbie) Diroff of Florida, Jeanne (John) Sullivan of LaSalle, Michigan, Judy DuVal of Richardson, Texas, and Barbara Diroff of Mt. Clemens, Michigan; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides his parents, Paul was also preceded in death by four brothers, John, Peter, Karl and Thomas; two sisters, Rachel and Greta; and his beloved dogs, Queen Bess and Bear Dog.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 12, 2017, at the Tapiola Apostolic Lutheran Church, with Pastor Ken Storm to officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in the Elo Cemetery with military rites to be conducted by Chassell V.F.W. Post in conjunction with the Copper Country Veteran’s Association. A luncheon will immediately follow the burial at the church.

Arrangements are being handled by the Mountain View Mortuary of South Range, Antila Funeral Service, Inc.

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