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Robert Paul Funke

ONTONAGON, Mich. - Robert Paul Funke, 88, of Ontonagon, passed away on Feb. 4, 2022.

He was born in Baraga, in 1933 to Robert E. and Myrtle Agnes (Broemer) Funke. He was a member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.

He graduated from Baraga High School in 1951 and served in the National Guard. He worked for the village of Baraga until moving to the Ontonagon area. He worked for the White Pine Mine for 25 years and later went into trucking.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Helen; sons, John Paul, Robert and Fritz; and stepchildren, John Strancel Jr. and Mary Lynn Strancel; grandson, Jeremy Funke; and daughters-in-law, Beverly and Tina Funke.

He is survived by his wife, Lois; children, Gladys Funke, Mary (Don) Majurin, Gaylord Funke, Peter (Kim) Funke, Larry (Lori) Funke and Dan (Paula) Funke; daughter-in-law. Florina Funke; stepchildren, JoAnn (Jeff) Hickey, Beth Fors, Donna (Reese) Roberts and Tammy (John) Strasser; brothers, Albert, Bernard, Donald and Bill Funke; 16 grandchildren, 12 stepgrandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 16 stepgreat-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren with an eighth due in March.

A graveside ceremony will be held in Bergland in the spring.

The family would like to thank the staff at Gogebic Medical Care Facility for their excellent care.

Cane Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.