Howard Edwin Nevala
L’ANSE — Howard Edwin Nevala, 75, of L’Anse, passed away on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at the Oscar G Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain.
He was born June 15, 1942, in L’Anse, son of Edwin and Elsie (Heikkinen) Nevala. Howard graduated from L’Anse High School in 1960.
He was in the US Army serving in South Korea during the Vietnam war.
He married the former Janet Larson on July 15, 1989 in L’Anse.
He was an area supervisor for the postal service, putting in 30 years and became a postmaster in L’Anse, retiring in 1997.
He was a stamp collector and taught stamp collecting all over the U.P. He was a past member of the American Legion Post 144, serving as commander, was past President of the L’Anse Lions Club, and the Lion of the Year in 1993. He was a member of L’Anse VFW Post #3897.
He was a member of all U.P. Team in football. He started the first high school bowling league and it is still going today. He played football in the army. He was a director of Napus State Level. He enjoyed prospecting, cutting firewood for his camp and house, fishing, hunting and woodworking. He was an excellent pool player and ping pong player.
He is survived by his loving wife, Janet Nevala of L’Anse; daughter, Jennika (Matt Dinnies) Nevala of Duluth, Minnesota; granddaughters, Amelia, Jackie (Adam Lundgren) Nevala of Baraga, Mary (Gil) Michaud of Elgin, Illinois and her three children, Natalie, Wesley and Lauren; brother, Gary (Elizabeth) Nevala of Ishpeming; sister, Lorraine of Kingsford; numerous nieces and nephews; and beloved dog, Mia.
Preceding him in death are his parents; brother, Richard Nevala; sisters, Arlene Kehrer and Shirley LaPlante.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Jacobson Funeral Home. Baraga County Area Veterans will conduct military rites under the direction of American Legion Post 444 at 12 p.m. followed by a memorial service with Pastor Peter Suomela officiating.
A luncheon and fellowship will follow at 1 p.m. at the VFW Post 3897 in L’Anse.
Burial will be in the spring in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery.
The Jacobson Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Friends may sign Howard’s guest book or send condolences at jacobsonfuneralhome.com.