CALUMET – Reed Harjala, 64, singer, songwriter and musician, passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at Cypress Manor in Hancock where he had been a resident for the past month.
He was born on January 26, 1949, in Laurium, son of Edward and Dorothy (Maki) Harjala.
He graduated from Calumet High School with the Class of 1967. Following school Reed enlisted in the U.S. Army serving during Vietnam stationed in Germany.
Reed lived in Wisconsin, working there as a maintenance man until 1990 when he returned to the Copper Country, making his home in Calumet. While in Calumet Reed worked for D & L Janitorial until he went back to school attending Suomi College. After his time at Suomi he worked as a nurses aid at Portage Pointe until his health would not allow him to work.
Reed was a talented musician, playing in the Dodge Street Band. He played the guitar, writing his own music and publishing his own CD entitled “Eternal Moments.” He loved spending time at the camp in Hermit’s Cove and taking a sauna at the camp. Many people in Hermit’s Cove and elsewhere had one of Reed’s “V-k-r-‘s” also known as windmills.
He enjoyed taking pictures of Lake Superior, wild flowers and all of the natural beauty of the Copper Country.
Reed was a member of Laurium Apostolic Lutheran Church.
Surviving are two sons, Jesse Harjala of Paw Paw, Mich., and Sean (Cassie) Harjala of North Carolina; three grandchildren, Lily, Chelsea and Carson; his parents, Ed and Dorothy Harjala of Copper City; brother, David (Sandie) Harjala of Knoxville, Tenn.; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 11 a.m., in the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet with Pastor Charles Jousma to officiate.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m. and on Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home.
Burial will be in the Lake View Cemetery.
Online condolences can be left for the family at ericksoncrowleypeterson. com.
In lieu other expressions of sympathy memorials may be given to the Laurium Apostolic Lutheran Church, 246 Tamarack Street Laurium, MI 49913.