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George Oikarinen

George Oikarinen

Monday, June 22, 2020
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George Oikarinen, 71, a resident of Calumet, died on June 22. He was born in Hancock on January 1, 1949. He was a graduate of Calumet High School in 1967 and earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Michigan State University in 1972.
George worked in many places including Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nevada, Wyoming and Alaska, where he shipped a huge king salmon as an unexpected gift. He retired and returned to the Copper Country.
George was a voracious reader, avid film buff and dedicated Packer fan. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and was interested in experimental aviation. George was a football and track star at Calumet High. He excelled as a sprinter for Walt Kitti. One of the greatest running backs in Calumet history, he was inducted into Calumet High's Hall of Fame. In 1966 he was an All U.P. first team honoree. His college career was shortened by injury at Northern Michigan University.
Preceding him were parents Leonard and Lillian (Wirtanen).
Surviving are: Brothers: Peter (Barbara Simila) of Copper City
Richard (Lori Barron) of Sedar Bay
James of Calumet
Special friend, Margaret Torreano of Wausau, Wi.
Nieces: Kacey (Chris) Davenport, Lisa (Dan) Kaufman, Jenny (Craig) Bollig
Kara Oikarinen
Nephews: Erik, Domi, Justin
Cousin: Harold Beaudoin
Private remembrances will be held. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.ericksoncrowleypeterson.com. The Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet is assisting the family with the arrangements.
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Paul Kitti

Posted at 04:35pm
I can hear it now, “Walt calling out a Left Half at Six Trap Play for Georgie.” He knew the go to GUY. Deepest condolences. God’s blessings. Paul Kitti Laurium

Dennis Kump

Posted at 05:47pm
George was a great football player and sprinter at Calumet High. Pete, Rick and Jim, I am sorry for your loss.

Dennis A. Kump
972.250.6801 Home
469.585.0684 Cell


Posted at 03:17pm
First time I met George I was 9 or 10. Lil was cooking french fries for Jimmy and me. Into the kitchen walks this ripped guy. He looked like a cartoon superhero to me. He opens the fridge and pulls out a couple sirloins and pops them under the broiler. Gary Nichols part 1


Posted at 03:10pm
Con't from previous post...
They were taking care of the star!

George liked to swim in storms and the day the Fitzgerald went down me, Ifa and George were swimming at breakies unaware of the tradgedy. It was rough but fun.

George was smart, nice and humble and we managed to keep up through the years. I'm going to miss him. Gary Nichols

Tom Zuro

Posted at 12:53pm
My sympathy to the Oikarinen Brothers,
A story of George:
One winter we were low on firewood. George showed me a safe, productive method for winter firewood collection. We played chess out in the woods. He beat me that day. Way to be George. Way to be!
Tom Zuro

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