Paul E. Grose

LAURIUM — Paul E. Grose, 91, a resident of Lake Linden Avenue in Laurium, passed away on Sunday, September 6, 2020, at Canal View-Houghton County.

He was born on April 22, 1929 in Laurium to Joseph and V. Alice (Heikkinen) Grose. He attended the local schools.

After high school Paul enlisted with the United States Army in October of 1948, where he served between World War II and the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in June of 1950.

On July 23, 1955, he was united in marriage to Marlene Maronen, in Laurium.

Paul worked on the Great Lakes, Pearce’s as a furniture mover, C & H, Vivian Equipment and the Houghton County Road Commission, retiring in 1979. He was a “Doctor of Motors,” a heavy equipment mechanic throughout most of his life.

He met Marlene through their mutual love of music and were well known locally for performing at various events and anywhere there was a microphone. They were called the “Crooning Love Birds.”

Paul was an adventure seeker. He was one of the first Harley motorcyclists in the area and was known to ride standing on the seat. He was an avid hunter and the President of Camp Nuttin in Nisula. He loved telling jokes (especially the dirty ones), playing cards, having a few beers with friends and family, and would be shutting down the bars with Marlene still at 90 years of age. He helped anyone in need and was the go-to man in the neighborhood when someone needed help. He loved spending time with his family and friends making memories. He loved being a husband, dad, grandpa and great-grandpa and to them he was the greatest man that ever lived.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and V. Alice Grose; and two sisters, Vivian (Roy) Taskila and Viola (Albert) Taskila.

He is survived by his wife, Marlene of 65 loving years; his daughters, Michele (David) Giachino of Trenton; Shelly (Bill) Kobe of Mohawk, April Byykkonen (Butch Greene) of Duluth, Minnesota; his grandchildren, Tanya Abramson, Josh Crowley (Ali Cooper), Mallory (Bryan) Wagner, Taylor Byykkonen, Mitchel Byykkonen, and Madison Byykkonen; his great grandchildren, Lathan Thomas, Alexis Wagner, and Xander Byykkonen; and a great grand daughter arriving in October.