DULUTH, Minn. - Daniel J. Messinen, 79, of East Tamarack Street, Ironwood, Mich ., died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Duluth.
He was born July 14, 1934, in Ironwood, son of the late Edward and Theresa Messinen. Daniel attended Ironwood and Minnesota schools.
From June 20, 1952, until June 19, 1955, he served in the Korean War with the United States Marine Corps. He was decorated with the Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
After serving his country, Daniel returned to the area and was employed at the White Pine Copper Mine. He then moved to Racine, Wis ., where he worked as a machinist and welder for Young Radiator from 1962 until retirement in 1988. Moving back to Ironwood, he operated Complete Small Engine Repair Service and also fixed appliances.
Daniel had a tender heart, especially for wildlife and children. He had a doe and fawn coming to his backyard. He mentored a young boy, Jacob Sherman, who admired him greatly.
Daniel was a member of the American Legion Post 5 of Ironwood.
He is survived by a daughter, Debra (Richard Jr.) Reynolds, of Custer, Wis .; two grandchildren, James Fuhrer and Jamie Reynolds; and two great-grandchildren, Amara and Abrahm Reynolds.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Nov. 27, at the Ketola-Burla Funeral Home in Ironwood. The Rev. Robb Jurkovich of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church officiated.
Military rites were accorded by the American Legion Post 5 Honor Guard of Ironwood.
Spring burial will be in the American Legion section at Riverside Cemetery in Ironwood.
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Range Funeral Service Inc. and the Ketola-Burla Funeral Home of Ironwood assisted the family.