Glenn R. Hayrynen

MISERY BAY — Glenn R. Hayrynen, of Misery Bay, passed away on February 2, 2019, at UP Health System-Marquette.

Glenn was born on December 6, 1950, in Hancock, son of Carl E. Hayrynen, Sr. and Aili (Kemppa) Hayrynen. Glenn grew up in Misery Bay on the shores of Lake Superior, on property that his grandparents homesteaded when they immigrated from Finland in the early 1900’s.

Glenn graduated from Jeffers High School and continued his education at Suomi College in Hancock, now Finlandia University, and Northern Michigan University in Marquette where he met his lifelong roommates; Mike Djerf and John Sutter who were with him until the day he passed away.

Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Aili Hayrynen; his brother, Carl Jr. (Rick) Hayrynen; his father-in-law, Richard Brandt; his 16-year-old Black Lab, Norton, who saved his life in a house fire. Norton passed away just prior to Glenn’s death; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and nephews who were all an important part of his life.

Glenn is survived by the “Love of His Life” and best friend, LuAnn; his siblings, Carole (Michael) Whitaker of Port Huron, and Neil (Sue) Hayrynen of South Range; mother-in-law, Rhoda Brandt; sisters-in-law, Debbie (Chester Pindral), Sherri Brandt (Tom Pietila), Laurie (Jim Raffaelli), Jennifer (Darrin) Luukkonen, and Pat Hayrynen; special cousins, Dee Dee (Marty) Van Beek, Theresa Sanford, John Maki (Cheryl Counley); and all of their families he loved so dearly.

Glenn had a number of occupations throughout his life from Mining Foreman to business owner, one business being the Gym in Hancock, where his passion for weightlifting was passed on to many of his customers. The Gym is where he met his weightlifting partner, Ron Rivest, and they remained friends for years.

Glenn retired from the Department of Natural Resources, working in the Porcupine Mountains, McLain and Twin Lakes State Parks. Anyone that was fortunate enough to spend time with Glenn in the woods, soon came to embrace his knowledge of trees, plants and animals.

Glenn had a special interest in all things amphibious that began as an early boy capturing “critters” making his version of homes for them but would always treat them with respect and set them free. He is survived by “Tortie” the tortoise who will miss him.

Glenn also formed an interest in taxidermy watching his Dad and they took several classes together. Glenn looked at it as a hobby, not a business. Carving wood statues and animals was another way to capture his inner artist. Many of his pieces were of animals combining two of his many talents. Many people are lucky to be recipients of his work.

Glenn is riding his Harley and is going to be missed by all.

Friends and family are invited to a celebration of Glenn’s life this summer, to the place he cherished the most, on the shores of Lake Superior in Misery Bay.The date will be announced.

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

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at antilafuneral.com.