Robert “Bob” V. Ollila, Sr. | News, Sports, Jobs

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Rumely, MI – Robert “Bob” V. Ollila, Sr., 86, of Rumely, died early Monday morning, July 12, 2021, at the DJ Jacobetti Veterans House in Marquette. He was born on August 6, 1934 in Rumley, Michigan, on the family farm. Bob graduated from Eben High School in 1952. He entered the US Army in 1954 and was a member of the 826th Tank Battalion where he served as a mechanic. Bob was honorably released as SP3 (T) in June 1958 and received the National Defense Service Medal, the Occupation Army Medal (Germany) and the Good Conduct Medal. Upon his return home, he met and then married Martha H. Koch on April 14, 1957. He began working for CCI as a welder, then moved to Waukegan, IL from 1959 to 1961. Bob and Martha returned home. them at UP and he worked at CCI as a welder and then electrician until his retirement. Martha was predeceased in 1989. Bob enjoyed the daily commute to pick up his newspaper and a cup of coffee and enjoyed many breakfasts on Sundays at the Dogpatch or in Sydney. He also enjoyed the months of November spent at the deer camp with Randy and Brett. Bob excelled at being a grandfather. He loved supporting Mustang sports and never missed any of his granddaughters’ games, competitions, programs or parties. Bob was looking forward to his January trips to Florida to celebrate Sammy and Brett’s birthdays, and he loved taking his granddaughters to the UP State Fair and letting them get away with so much more than their parents would allow. . He always believed that his grandchildren could understand the task he gave them. Bob is survived by two sons – Robert (Loretta) Ollila, Jr. of Munising and Randy (Beverly) Ollila of Shelter Bay; grandchildren – Jessica (Brad) Heyrman of Sault Ste. Marie, MI, Ashlee (Mace) Davis of Kimberly, WI, Courtney (David) Oas of Munising, Chelsea (Andrew) Matson of Munising, Meagan (Codey) Grahovac of Munising, Samantha (Andrew) Hagon of Fort Collins, CO, and Brett Charles Ollila of Fort Collins, CO; great-grandchildren – Nathan, Natalie, Mason, Carter, Morgan, Logan, Jordan, Caden, Adelyn, Amelia and one on the way; longtime friend and companion – Nancy Anderson. He was predeceased by his mother – Vera Kannisto, loving wife – Martha, and Arthur Kannisto, Ruth Joki, Helen Keto and Betty Salo. Services will be held at Bowerman Funeral Home on Friday July 16, 2021. Visitations will be from 10 am to noon. Pastor Jason LaFlamme will conduct Bob’s funeral at noon at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery in Chatham, where the American Legion and the Vietnam Veterans Honor Guard will render military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Bob’s name can be made at the DJ Jacobetti – Activity Fund. Bob’s obituary and online guestbook can be viewed and signed at bowermanfuneralhomenet.


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