LAKE LINDEN - Charles "Chuck" Keranen, 53, of Lake Linden and formerly of Trimountain, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born Mar. 17, 1959, in Hancock, a son of Wilbert and Delores (Anttila) Keranen of Trimountain. He attended local schools and graduated from Jeffers High School in 1977.
Chuck was employed by Super Valu, Service Shop Cleaners, Keweenaw Cleaners and as a nursing assistant at Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock. He worked there until forced into retirement by multiple sclerosis.
Chuck was married to the love of his life, Bridget Baldwin, on Sept. 5, 1998.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents; his father, Wilbert; a brother, Paul; his favorite uncle, Wilho Keranen; and a nephew, Christopher Keranen.
He is survived by his wife, Bridget of Lake Linden; sons, Daniel (Angela) of Dollar Bay and Brandon of Lake Linden; daughters, Cassandra and Natasha of Lake Linden; his mother, Delores of Trimountain; four grandchildren, Austin of Hancock and Nora, Katelyn and Chelsea of Dollar Bay; five brothers, David (Connie) and Richard (Debbie) of Wausau, Wis., John of Trimountain, Robert (Karan) of Michigamme and Joel (Jennifer Dionne) of Bend, Ore.; two sisters, Carol (Mark) Janisse of Hubbell and Edith (Dennis) Stark of South Range; aunts, uncles, nieces, cousins and in-laws.
Chuck loved playing guitar and also composed some songs and hymns. A phone call from Chuck always started with a joke and he loved to make us laugh. He was passionate about politics and was looking forward to voting in the presidential election. Sadly, he entered the hospital that morning and missed the chance. We all made sure to vote, Chuck.
Near the end, he told us he fought the good fight. "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race. I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Grace Lutheran Church in South Range, with Pastor Bucky Beach to officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to services in the church. Burial to be in Mountain View Cemetery in South Range.
Arrangements are being handled by Mountain View Mortuary in South Range, Antila Funeral Service, Inc.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at antilafuneral.com.