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Arnold John Liimakka

ALMA, Mich. — Arnold John Liimakka, 75, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020.

Arne was born on July 29, 1944, to Arnold Mathias and Saima (Niemi) in Ironwood.

Arne received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Northern Michigan University and his master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. He worked as a high school biology teacher at Alma High School, where he made lifelong relationships with many teachers and students. After retirement from teaching, Arne began his second career as a farmer at Bosley Farms where he enjoyed doing anything and everything that involved farming.

An avid outdoorsman, Arne enjoyed fishing and hunting and time in the woods. His Finnish ancestry was very important to him and he displayed his sisu to the very end. He was a true Packers fan throughout his life.

Arne is survived by his wife of 53 years, Shar. He had two daughters, Jennifer Melero (Jose) of Fenton and Gretchen Ramon (Tony) of Alma. Some of his favorite times were spending time with his three grandchildren that were the joy of his life — Nick, Gabrielle and Macy. He is also survived by his sister, Sandra; and “brother” Dick Trimble.

A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 11 a.m. officiated by Pastor Erin Taylor at Lux-Moody-Wolfel Funeral Home in Alma. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name can be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, P.O. Box 414238, Boston, MA 02241-4238; or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

In honor of his life, Arne would love for you to take a walk in the woods or remember him the next time you cast a line in the water.

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” —Vince Lombardi

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