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Obituary for Paul Elmo Grose

Paul E. Grose, 91, a resident of Lake Linden Avenue in Laurium passed away on Sunday September 6, 2020 at Canal View—Houghton County.

He was born on April 22, 1929 in Laurium to Joseph and V. Alice (Heikkinen) Grose. He attended the local grade schools, and high school in Highland Park, MI. After graduating, Paul enlisted with the United States Army in October of 1948, serving between World War II and the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in June of 1950.

On July 23, 1955 he was united in marriage to Marlene Maronen in Laurium.

Paul worked as a shipman on the Great Lakes, at Pearce’s as a furniture mover, then as a mechanic at C & H, Vivian Equipment, and the Houghton County Road Commission, retiring in 1979. He was a “Doctor of Motors”, a heavy equipment mechanic throughout most of his life.

He met Marlene through their mutual love of music and the two were well known locally for performing at various events and anywhere there was a microphone. They were called the “Crooning Love Birds”.

Paul was an adventure seeker. He was one of the first Harley motorcyclists in the area and was known to ride standing on the seat. He was an avid hunter and the President of Camp Nuttin in Nisula. He loved telling jokes (especially dirty ones), playing cards, having a few beers with friends and family, and was still shutting down the bars with Marlene at 90 years of age. He helped anyone in need and was the go-to man in the neighborhood when someone needed help. He loved spending time with his family and friends, making memories. He loved being a husband, dad, grandpa and great-grandpa, and to them he was the greatest man who ever lived.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and V. Alice Grose, and 2 sisters, Vivian (Roy) Taskila and Viola (Albert) Taskila.

He is survived by:
His wife Marlene of 65 loving years
His daughters: Michele (David) Giachino of Trenton, MI
Shelly (Bill) Kobe of Mohawk
April Byykkonen (Butch Greene) of Duluth, MN

His grandchildren: Tanya Abramson, Josh Crowley (Ali Cooper), Mallory (Bryan) Wagner, Taylor Byykkonen, Mitchel Byykkonen, and Madison Byykkonen

His great grandchildren: Lathan Thomas, Alexis Wagner, and Xander Byykkonen and a great-granddaughter arriving in October.

His brother, Dennis J. Grose of Arizona, an extremely special “son” Danny Lavergne and his wife, Christine, along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

As Paul would sing, “I Did it My Way”

A celebration of Paul’s life will be planned for July 2021.

Online condolences for the family may be left at
The Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet is assisting the family with the arrangements.