THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Harold R. Wettanen
Issue Date: June 7, 2017
Harold R. Wettanen, 69, of Daggett, Mi., passed away at home on Thursday June 1, 2017 surrounded by family.
Born Dec. 10, 1947 in Daggett, to the late Rudolph and Lillian (Leinonen) Wettanen, he graduated in 1966 from Stephenson High School. He served in the United States Army during Vietnam from Dec. 5, 1967 until an honorable discharge on July 9, 1969 when he received a Purple Heart.
On June 14, 1974, he married Sherry Ihander in Menominee, Mi. and operated heavy equipment as an Operating Engineer. Wherever he was, his faithful dog was there. He was a member of Operating Engineer's Local 324 of Michigan and was proud of his Finnish heritage.
He enjoyed his annual drive over the Mackinac Bridge on one of his many tractors, going to tractor shows, belonged to many tractor clubs such as Northwood's Antique Tractor Club, loved tinkering on tractors and restoring John Deere tractors and watching old movies and westerns.
Survivors include his wife, Sherry of Daggett; a daughter, Karen Wettanen of Minnesota; two sons, Don Wettanen and Jason (Holly) Wettanen, both of Colorado; five grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; two brothers, Arthur K. Wettanen of Talkeetna, Ak. and LeRoy (Janet) Wettanen of Wallace, Mi.; a special friend, Dick Massarini of Daggett and many cousins and friends.
Family received friends at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home in Stephenson on Monday, June 5 from 3 p.m. until time of the funeral service at 6 p.m., officiated by Pastor Lewis Hague. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery in Oakwood on Tuesday, June 6 at 1 p.m. A memorial fund was established.