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Eugene Raymond Nurmi

MARSHFIELD, Wis. - Eugene Raymond Nurmi, 73, of Trout Creek, Michigan, passed away peacefully after a culmination of health issues and most recently cancer, on Jan. 24, 2021, in Marshfield.

Eugene was born April 16, 1947, in Bruce Crossing, Michigan, to Ida (Nurmi) Ojaniemi. He grew up in Bruce Crossing and went to school in Paynesville, Michigan. Most of his childhood was spent getting into mischief with his cousins.

In 1965, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country in the Vietnam war. After his time in the Army he worked various jobs throughout the United States. He became a member of the Michigan laborers union and continued to travel the USA working construction. Eugene worked in almost every state, even in Puerto Rico. Smokestacks, pipelines, concrete and brick work was his expertise. He was a proud union man and proud veteran.

He loved to spend his free time after retirement going to the casino, watching Wheel of Fortune and the Game Show Network, reading the daily newspaper, as well as watching wrestling every week, and going to his weekly visits "Sunday morning services!" with his cousin, Roy. Every morning he would get up early and make his special meals for the chihuahuas.

In 1987, he married Mary Anne McLaughlin in Trout Creek. This March would have been their 34th wedding anniversary. Eugene is survived by his wife, Mary Anne; son, Eugene II, of Kingsford, Michigan; son, Jody, of Marquette, Michigan; and granddaughter, Chelsea of Agate, Michigan. Also surviving is his brother, Armas (Nancy) of Bruce Crossing; sisters, Donna (Jeff) and Sandra (Dan), both of Bruce Crossing; sister-in-law, Diane of Marquette; brothers-in-law Don (Sandy) of Trout Creek and Jim (Bobby) of Canada; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Ida; stepfather, Arne; daughter, Shannon, and baby boy, John; brother-in-law, Harold and nephew, John; brother-in-law, Joel; brother-in-law, Mike; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was a Finlander through and through. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.

His wishes were to not have a public service. This summer, there will have military rites at his burial. Family members want to thank all his doctors, nurses and therapists over the last five years, as well as thank the Marshfield hospital for taking care of him through this.

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Rembs Funeral Home and Crematory of Marshfield is assisting the family.