SAXON, Wis. — Leonard F. “Len” Berube, 82, of Saxon, died peacefully Friday, April 12, 2013, at home, with his family by his side, following a brief battle with melanoma.
He was born Jan. 6, 1931, in Ironwood, Mich ., son of the late Thomas and Lillian (Barta) Berube, attended Roosevelt School in Ironwood Township, and graduated from Saxon High School in 1951. He worked with his parents on the Berube Dairy Farm in Saxon for many years, purchasing the business in 1967 and retiring in 1996.
Len was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Saxon, where he was formerly active in the Holy Name Society. He also was a member of the former Saxon Lions Club, the Michigan Milk Producers Association, Agriculture and Soil Conservation Board of Ashland and Bayfield, Midland Co-op Board of Hurley and Ashland, and formerly served as a supervisor on the Saxon Town Board. He loved driving his Lincoln and taking daily trips with his brother Ed to and from Saxon Harbor and around the area. He also enjoyed hunting and the camaraderie and fellowship at camp, and his new side by side ATV.
Surviving are two brothers, Gerald (Martha), Lisbon, N.D ., and Ed, Saxon; three sisters, Theresa (Cy) Sims, Rockport, Texas, Dolores Haas-Folz, Wausau, and Marcella Lahti, Waukesha; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.
Besides his parents, Len was predeceased by a sister, Mildred Hunn; and four brothers-in-law, Ira “Mick” Lahti, Grant Haney Sr ., Ralph Hunn and Verne Folz.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, April 16, at 11 a.m ., preceded by visitation at 10 a.m ., at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Saxon, with the Rev. Frank Kordek OFM, celebrant.
Luncheon will follow at Tacconelli’s in downtown Ironwood.
Rite of Committal and interment will be later this spring in Lakeview Cemetery, Saxon.
Pallbearers will be Grant Haney Jr ., Greg Haas, Phillip Hunn, Ron Peterson, Joe Kasper and Dennis Berube.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Regional Hospice, 100 S. Mill St ., Bessemer MI 49911.
Arrangements are entrusted to McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home, Inc ., Ironwood, where condolences may be given online at mckevittpatrickfuneralhome.com.