HOUGHTON - Larry D. Maijala, 83, of Boynton Beach, Fla., formerly of Houghton, passed into Heaven's door surrounded by his loving family on May 28, 2012.
Larry was born on October 18, 1928, to Mini and Nester Maijala in Houghton, God's Country.
Following high school graduation, he joined the U.S. Army, serving for two years, from 1946 through 1948, in Japan. He used the GI Bill upon returning to the Copper Country to earn his accounting degree from Suomi College.
In 1950, he married the love of his life, Madonna (Neault) Maijala and began raising their family of six children.
He began a 40-year career with the state of Michigan at the Copper Country TB Sanitarium, first as a dishwasher and working his way up to the health department administrator. He retired in 1991. That is when the "snow bird" journey began, until 2008 when they made Boynton Beach, Fla., their permanent home.
He was a member of St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church in Houghton. He was the originator and co-president of the Association of Retarded Citizens of Houghton County for six years, a board member and past president of the Houghton-Portage Township School District from 1975 to 1991 and president of the Upper Peninsula Health Board.
Larry was an amazing husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His No. 1 priority was his wife and children. He lived his life to the fullest and never turned away from a challenge.
Larry is survived by his "lady," the love of his life for 62 years, Donna; three daughters, Debbie and Denise Maijala and Lori (James) Holtz; three sons, Mark, Roger (Renee) and Scott (Regina) Maijala; former daughter-in-law, Michelle Maijala; granddaughters, Crystal (Robert) Hadden, Sarah Maijala, Melissa Maijala and Ashley Holtz; step-granddaughter, Sophia Crivello; grandsons, Jayson (Svaya) Maijala, Jordan (Marisa) Holtz, Joshua Maijala, Nicholas Holtz and Matthew Maijala; step-grandson, Anthony Crivello; great-grandchildren, Kiira, Ozker, Aili and Cymin Hadden, Maija Sharp, Shaeyla Sundstrom, Kayden Maijala, Thalia and Avelina Crivello and Katerina Crivello and numerous nieces and nephews.
Other than his family, he leaves behind many old friends in the Copper Country and many wonderful new friends and neighbors in Boynton Beach. He will be dearly missed by all.
Besides his parents, Larry was preceded in death by two brothers, Nester and Oliver Maijala; two sisters, Helmi Koski and Nimie Sanders; a step-grandson, Donald Crivello; and many brothers and sisters-in-law.
A local memorial service will be held later this summer. Interment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in Houghton.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by the O'Neill-Dennis Funeral Home in Hancock.
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