RAMSAY, Mich. - Frank Paul Jurasin, 78, a longtime resident of Ramsay, passed away peacefully Tuesday afternoon, April 8, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on Nov. 24, 1935, in Bessemer, the son of Joseph and Julia (Serbin) Jurasin. Frank graduated from A.D. Johnston High School with the class of 1953.
He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army for two years, most of his time being spent in Germany.
After returning to Bessemer, Frank continued his education at Gogebic Community College.
He worked for Longyear Drilling Co ., White Pine Copper Co ., and then as a service technician for Sears Roebuck and Co. for 23 years. After his retirement, he was self-employed.
Frank was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wakefield and a former member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Ramsay.
He was a good-natured man, who was especially proud of his children and grandchildren, and enjoyed visiting them.
Frank is survived by his wife, the former Delores Pikka, whom he married on Sept. 10, 1960. Also surviving are a son, Paul (Becky), San Luis Obispo, Calif .; a daughter, Pam Oachs, Duluth, Minn .; two grandchildren, Adriane and Alex Oachs; two brothers, Joe (Marge), Bessemer, and Steve, Ramsay; two sisters, Fran DeSautelle, Evanston, Ill ., and Virginia Bennetts, Bessemer; three brothers-in-law, Robert Loughran, Chicago, and Herb Pikka and Ken Pikka, both of Wakefield; his sister-in-law, Pauline Raffaelli, South Range; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, John and Michael; and two sisters, Mary Senkpiel and Helen Loughran.
The family will greet relatives and friends on Friday, April 11, from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m ., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wakefield, with the honor guard beginning at 1:15 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will follow the visitation at 2 p.m ., with the Rev. Antony Lukka as celebrant.
Following the Mass, military rites will take place at the church under the auspices of the Wakefield American Legion Geroux Post 11 and the Wakefield Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9084 Honor Guard.
Lunch will be served downstairs following the military honors.
Pallbearers will be Robert Raffaelli, Walter Rickard, James Gheller, Gary Gustafson, Gordy Smith, Randy Senkpiel and James Matrella.
Interment will take place in Lakeside Cemetery, Wakefield, later this spring.
Lakeside Memorial Chapel is assisting the family. Expressions of sympathy may be offered at lakesidememorialchapel.com.