ROCKLAND, Mich. - Harold Saaranen, 67, of Rockland, passed away on August 10, 2012, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock.
He was born September 19, 1944, in Detroit to Andrew and Della (Keranen) Saaranen.
Harold graduated from Mass City High School in 1962, where he enjoyed playing basketball. After graduation, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam as a radar operator. He was stationed near Tan Son Nhut Airbase. During his service, he received the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and Sharpshooter (Rifle, M14). He was honorably discharged as a Specialist 4.
After returning home, he was employed at the former Ontonagon Paper Mill as a pipe fitter for 34 years, retiring due to medical problems.
He was married to Martha Laitala on March 12, 1966. They have three children, Cheryl (Russ) Dahlke, Brenda (Tom) Brookins and Howard Saaranen; eight grandchildren, Nicole Picotte, Brianna LaSee, Jacob and Jackson Dahlke, Kaitlyn and Maegan Brookins and Taylor and Sebastian Saaranen.
He was a member of Wainola Lutheran Church. Harold enjoyed golfing, bowling, hunting, four-wheeling, mowing lawns and pitching softball. He was an avid Detoit Tigers fan.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Della Saaranen; and a brother, Paul.
Visitation will be held Monday, August 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Cane Funeral Home in Ontonagon.
Funeral services will take place Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the Wainola Lutheran Church in Mass City with burial and military rites in Woodlawn Cemetery in Rockland. A luncheon will follow at the Rockland Community Center.
Friends may view Harold's obituary and leave messages of remembrance at canefuneralhome.com.