Richard J. “Dick” Jurkanis
LIMINGA – Richard J. “Dick” Jurkanis, 78, of Liminga, died on Monday, September 23, 2013, at Marquette General Hospital.
He was born in Duluth, Minn., on July 20, 1935, a son of the late Joseph and Edith (Sundberg) Jurkanis and attended the Denfeld High School in Duluth.
Dick enlisted into the military serving with the U.S. Navy 1952 to 1956 during the Korean War. From 1962 to 1980, he served with the U.S. Coast Guard retiring from the military with the rank MKC (Machinist Technician Chief).
Dick was employed for 14 years as a postal clerk at the Houghton Post Office.
On April 26, 1968, he married the former Natalie Maki in Calumet.
Dick was a member of the Stanton Senior Citizens and a former member of the Stanton Township Volunteer Fire Department.
Dick enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He loved to reminisce and share stories. His favorite past time was tinkering in his garage. He and Natalie enjoyed traveling to visit relatives and friends and heading south in the winter with their travel trailer. Dick’s life was his grandchildren. They meant the world to him and spending time with them brought great joy to him.
Surviving are his wife, Natalie of Liminga; two sons and daughters-in-law, Rick and Michele of Green Bay, Wis., and Al and Tina of Houghton; five grandchildren, Kassie, Mandie, Allie and Tori of Houghton, and Joseph of Green Bay; one sister, Suzanne (George) Mencel of Duluth, Minn.; and their children, Richard (Kara) Mencel, Terry (Susan) Mencel and Kurt (Tammy) Mencel, all of Eagan, Minn.; one uncle, Stanley Jurkanis of Proctor, Minn.; three sisters-in-law, Rachel Wiitala of Painesdale, Cindy (Ken) Martin of Alabama, Glenda (Scott) McMillan of Toivola; one brother-in-law, John (Deb) Maki of Toivola; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Besides his parents, Dick was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Clayton Wiitala; and a sister-in-law, Fay Maki.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 28, 2013, in the Mountain View Mortuary in South Range, with Fr. John Martignon to officiate.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday in the mortuary.
Military rites will be conducted by the Copper Country Veteran’s Association.
Arrangements are being handled by Antila Funeral Service, Inc.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at antilafuneral.com.