DOLLAR BAY - Roy A. Peltoniemi, 82, a resident of Dollar Bay, passed away at his home on Thursday, August 15, 2013.
He was born on August 13, 1931 in Ahmeek a son of the late Arvo E. and Sanelma (Koski) Peltoniemi.
Roy graduated from Calumet High School with the class of 1949.
On February 9, 1952, he was married to the former Dolores Heiskanen.
Roy was a veteran having served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He was a life long employee starting in 1955 and retiring in management in 1989.
Roy was a hard worker with a very innovative and creative mind, whether it was the houses he built or helping his daughter and son-in-law in the copper business. He developed a process for melting copper and always was helping his family at Keweenaw Gem & Gift.
In his younger years, he enjoyed playing the accordion and the guitar and was also a HAM radio operator.
He was a member of Grace Free Lutheran Church in Pelkie, a life long member of the Dollar Bay Fire Deptarment and a past board member of Dollar Bay High School.
He enjoyed his time at the Portage Health Fitness Center in Houghton, he also enjoyed the computer whether it was Skyping with his friends in Finland or the 8 p.m. talk and game sessions with his buddies.
Over the past few years Roy's health had declined but he continued to overcome everything that was in his path due largely to his SISU and great attitude he had for life.
Preceding him in death were an infant twin brother at birth, and two brothers; Reuben and Sulo.
Surviving are, his wife of 61 years, Dolores; daughters Sharon (Steve) Johnson of Baraga and Cindy (Ken) Flood of Dollar Bay; three grandchildren, Steve Jr. (Marissa) Johnson of Newark, Ohio, Benjamin Johnson of Pelkie and Brian Johnson of Baraga.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 17, 2013, in the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hancock with Pastor Bill Chapel to officiate.
Friends may call at the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hancock on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Burial will be in the Lakeside Cemetery in Hancock.
The Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hancock is assisting the family with the arrangements and online condolences can be left for the family at memorialchapel.net.