John A. Brottlund
November 16, 2021
John was born on April 28, 1926, in Ironwood, son of John and Mabel (Westman) Brottlund. He attended Norrie, Newport and Central grade schools and was a 1944 graduate of Luther L. Wright High School. A day after graduation, John attended the Great Lakes Naval Academy and served on the USS President Hayes as rank baker 3rd class and was honorably discharged in 1946.
On July 2, 1949, he was united in marriage with Alice K. Harvat at Zion Lutheran Church in Ironwood by the late Rev. Jacob Hirvi.
John worked various local jobs; four years at the Geneva Mine, a year in Alaska, the Montreal Mine for 10 years, White Pine Mine for four years, Schultz Mobile Home until its closure, and then Dan Newman Roofing when he retired at 53. Together with his wife, Alice, he operated Brottlund's Rock and Antique Shop at their home on Lake Road for 20 years from 1963 to 1983. John had a love for minerals, known worldwide for his museum-quality crystal specimens, which are featured in many mineral museums, even being mentioned in the book "The F. John Barlow Mineral Collection."
John was an avid woodsman, bicyclist and skier. He was most comfortable in "his woods." John received numerous awards in NASTAR ski racing, and he continued to participate in his 80s. He qualified in his age group in the Midwest competition to attend the NASTAR finals in Utah and Colorado.
John was known for his quick wit and his humorous nature. His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were his pride and joy.
Surviving are his four children, John F. Brottlund of Ironwood, Beth (Earl "Hap") Peterson of Bessemer Township, Peggy (David) Kalina of Taylor Falls, Minnesota, and Carrie (Doug) Bull of Ironwood Township; seven grandchildren, Lindsay (Wade) Melquist, Travis (Ashley Barto) Peterson, Adrianne (Zach) Nagtzaam, Brittany (Deon) Farr, Lucas (Summer Flanders) Kalina, Cory (Cheyenne) Bull and Katie (Brad) Bull Mills; five great-grandchildren, Piper and Bronson Nagtzaam, Brielle Farr, Remy and Rowan Melquist, with great-grandchild six, baby Mills on the way; and his special niece and caregiver, Kris Perry. He is further survived by other relatives and friends.
John was preceded in death by his wife, Alice, in 2009; daughter, Billie Johnson; his brother, Willard; and his sister, Marian.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 27, at 11 a.m., at the McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home, 305 N. Lowell St., in Ironwood. Visitation will be held prior from 10 a.m. to the time of the service.
The family has chosen McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home of Ironwood to honor John's legacy of life. You can leave a condolence or a tribute at mckevittpatrickfuneralhome.com.