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Robert 'Bob' Harland Olkonen

GILE, Wis. - Robert "Bob" Harland Olkonen, 70, of Gile passed away on Jan. 31, 2022, at home surrounded by his family.

Bob was born on Oct. 10, 1951, in Kimball, the son of Henry and Corrine (Saari) Olkonen.

He married June Wiikus on June 30, 1977.

Bob worked at White Pine Copper Company for five years, and then he went to be a long-haul trucker for 23 years. He also owned and operated Olkie's Bar in Ironwood for 20 years.

He enjoyed fishing; and in his retirement, he loved his side-by-side wheeler.

Bob is survived by his wife, June; children, William (Ronda) of Oma, Melissa of Gile and Leevi of Superior; grandchildren, Logan, (Samantha) Olkonen, Mattea Olkonen, Elaina Maki and Hunter Gerbig; and great-grandchildren, Jayden and Skylar Olkonen.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Corrine Olkonen; and in-laws, Levi and Ethyl Wiikus

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 12, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ironwood Township at 11 a.m. with Pastor Steve Hyvonen officiating, preceded by a visitation at 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Interment will be at Hurley Cemetery in Hurley.

The family has chosen McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home to honor Bob's legacy of life. You can leave a condolence or a tribute at

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