Ronald A. Rimpela, 76, a resident of Chassell, passed away Thursday evening, March 20, 2014, at Portage Health following a lengthy illness.
He was born on March 29, 1937, in Chassell, a son of the late Henry and Esther (Maatta) Rimpela. Ron was a lifelong Chassell area resident and graduated from the Chassell High School with the class of 1954.
Mr. Rimpela was a veteran, having served with the United States Army.
On October 6, 1956, he was united in marriage to the former Joyce Bjorklund.
Ron was a 50-year member of I.E.B.W. local No. 219, where he worked as an electrician.
Mr. Rimpela was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Chassell. He enjoyed spending time at his camp, visiting with family and friends, playing pool, working in his garden and cooking on the grill.
Preceding him in death were his son Bob Rimpela and his parents.
Surviving are: his wife, Joyce Rimpela of Chassell; his children: Betty (Tom) Greenleaf of Marquette, Brian (Julie) Rimpela of Hancock and Kevin (Jenny) Rimpela of Hubbell; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; his sister, Shirley (Donald) Hill of Avon Lake, Ohio; and several nephews and cousins.
As requested, no visitation or service will take place. To view Ron's obituary or to send condolences to the family, please visit memorialchapel.net.