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Robert Lean

Robert Kenneth Lean

Thursday, March 7, 1935 - Monday, February 22, 2021
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Friends and family may watch a copy of Robert's funeral starting at 11:00 AM on Friday February 26, 2021 and it will be available to watch on the funeral homes website for the next 90 days.

Robert Kenneth Lean, 85, A resident of Bootjack passed away on Monday, February 22, 2021 at the Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital.

He was born March 7th, 1935 in Houghton to Howard and Julia (Mattson) Lean.

Through his life, Robert had been in the Naval Reserve (1956-61), delivered for the Curtiss Candy Company, spent some time in the mines of White Pine, MI and Hoyt Lake, MN; and eventually settled into a career with UPPCO where he worked until retirement.

In his free time he enjoyed boating and some carpentry, and even built a cottage in Rice Lake and his home in Bootjack.
He volunteered for the Bootjack fire department for several years.

Robert loved his family, and spending time with his wife, kids, and grandkids.

He is a member of the First Apostolic Lutheran Church of Calumet.

Preceding him in death is his wife Elaine (Hannela) Lean, Parents Howard and Julia Lean, and brother Fred (Irene) Lean.

He is Survived by: his sons, Charles (Donna) Lean of Proctor, MN;
Matt (Heidie) Lean of Calumet.
Grandchildren; Traci (Eben), Charles Jr, Bobby, Ryan, and Julia.
Great Grandchildren; Devyn, Makayla, Tyler, and Khloe

Along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A private family service will be held and a public graveside service will take place in the spring.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.ericsoncrowleypeterson.com
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    Lake View Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Calumet, Michigan 49913
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Frank Ozanich

Posted at 02:23pm
Condolences and prayers to Mr. Leans remaining family old neighbors growing up in Hubbell.

Jon M Lehtinen

Posted at 09:43am
Dear Bob's children. I have so many fun fond memories of Bob. I worked with him at UPPCO, also bought the east Houghton duplex from him in 1985. I remember your mom was the artist. I was sorry to hear a few years ago about his hospital mishap. I wanted to visit him over the last year, but of course with Covid restrictions....couldn't. I remember him as a good, fun friend. My sympathies. Jon Lehtinen

Kim curtis

Posted at 10:39pm
My thoughts and prayers are with Bob's family. My dad Jerry Patana worked with Bob at Uppco for many years and always met on the weekends at lindell for breakfast or coffee. I have many wonderful memories of Bob. He was a very sweet man and will be missed. Kim curtis

Maria and David Matson

Posted at 06:37pm
Matt and family-Our condolensces over the death of Bob. We shall always think of him while driving down Bootjack Road. We know he loved his home there and many wonderful memories resided in that home. May he rest in peace.

Bob Hiltunen

Posted at 05:30pm
So sorry to learn of Bob's passing. Pam and I have found memories of Bob and your mum meeting for lunch at the Big Boy restaurant many years ago. We felt lucky to be able to serve them as they were such a friendly and loving couple. In later times I got to know him when he would visit Matt at the Memorial Union. He always had something positive to say and I admired how well he persevered in face of health challenges.

Bob and Pam Hiltunen

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