MOHAWK - Robert "Buckshot" Jurmu, 84, a resident of Mohawk, passed away early Thursday morning, January 30, 2014, at Portage Health System in Hancock.
"Buckshot" was born April 16, 1929 a son of Carl & Maila (Peltonen) Jurmu in his home in Mohawk. He attended local schools. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for the Keweenaw County Road Commission, retiring in 1991.
He was a Veteran having served with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
He was a life member of Mohawk American Legion Post 230 and its Color Guard.
On March 6, 1954, he married the former Mayme Simila in Calumet. This year they would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
In his younger years, Buckshot was a goalie for the Calumet Radars and a baseball catcher for the area baseball teams. His love for hockey carried through his whole life, still attending the Calumet High School hockey games and the Calumet Wolverines. He was an avid Detroit Red Wing, Tigers and Lions fan, rarely missing a game on TV. He also enjoyed golfing and bowling; and had bowled a perfect 300 game.
Preceding him in death were his parents; and a son, Gerald Jurmu.
He is survived by his wife, Mayme; his daughters, Terry (Ronald) Saarela of Cadillac, Mich., and Joan (George) Sever of Mohawk; five grandchildren, Erin (William) Flintoff of Dickinson, N.D., Sara Saarela of Kalamazoo, Mich., Matthew Saarela at home, Joseph Sever of W.Va., and Cady Sever at home.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at 3 p.m. in the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home with Pastor Bob White.
Friends may call on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet.
Burial will be in the Lake View Cemetery in Calumet.
Online condolences may be left for the family at ericksoncrowleypeterson. com.