SOUTH RANGE - Paul E. Hayrynen of South Range passed on peacefully of natural causes shortly after arrival at Portage Health in Hancock, on Friday, April 4, 2014. He was 85.
Paul was born in Toivola on February 10, 1929, to Jacob and Aliina (Maatta) Hayrynen. Aliina passed on in his early childhood, after which he was lovingly mothered by Selma (Kujala) Hayrynen, his father's second wife.
Paul attended the Heikkinen School in Toivola and then served as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army (1951/52) earning the rank of Corporal. His other employment history includes serving on the ore boats, and commercial fishing. He also worked for Fish and Wildlife and at the Porcupine Mountain Ski Hill. Paul did some construction. He mined in White Pine and in Ishpeming, and prospected in the mountains of Colorado. Paul also worked at South Range Bottling owned by a brother, and helped a sister with a retail business in Florence, Colo. He made many more contributions not listed.
Paul had a love for the outdoors and a passion for trapping, hunting and fishing, which started at a young age and kept him inspired throughout his life. He also picked, and shared, wild berries of all varieties, and took interest in natural remedies. Cooking was something that he had a talent for; and his story-telling was a gift.
Paul enjoyed following the Detroit Red Wings and the Tigers, and was especially enthused about the Lions. "Sauna night" was something that he gave a lifetime commitment to.
Paul is survived by his brother, Douglas Hayrynen; and sister-in-law, Laverne of South Range; a sister, Ruth LaPointe-Sheehan of South Range; sister-in-law, Doris Hayrynen of Christmas; numerous nieces and nephews; former spouse, Debby Rix of Florence, Colo., and her children; and good friend, Otto Bloom of South Range.
Paul is predeceased by his father, Jacob; and his mothers, Aliina and Selma; three brothers and their spouses, Carl and Aili Hayrynen, Bill and Linda Hayrynen, Roy and Marge Hayrynen; his brother, Jacob Hayrynen; also his five sisters and their spouses, Martha and Ed Kotajarvi, Elma and Charles Kemppa, Edna and Gordon Lorasch, Betty and Charles Palmer, and Eva and Ray Marullo.
Cremation is being arranged by the Mountain View Mortuary in South Range with a private service to be held in the spring.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at antilafuneral.com.