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Robert “Bob” Posch
Robert “Bob” F. Posch died Thursday, March 9, 2023 at the St. Cloud VA Care Center. His heart stopped after a seven-year battle with ALS, at 78 years plus. He was a beloved husband, father, grandpa (papa), great-grandpa (great-papa), friend, and brother. We all will miss his smile, his quick but quiet sense of humor, his passionate follow through of anything he did, his well thought out way of expressing his thoughts, the twinkle in his blue eyes, and his care for those he loved.
A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2023, at 1 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Cook. Visitation will start at 12 noon with a Knights of Kaleva Ceremony at 12:45 p.m. Military Honors will be accorded by the Cook VFW Post 1757 Honor Guard and the Orr American Legion Post 480 Honor Guard. Lunch will be offered at the church immediately after the service, with social time following the lunch at the VFW in Cook. Burial will be held on Monday, March 20, 2023, at 11 a.m. at the Duluth Veterans Cemetery.
Bob was born in Duluth to Edward and Elvera (Haikonen) Posch. He attended St. Jean’s, then Denfeld High School in Duluth. After graduation he joined the Navy, traveled the world for 3 years, then sailed to Vietnam for a year as part of the “brown water” Navy where he served as a radioman on his ship, the USS Samuel B. Roberts. After an honorable discharge in Newport, R.I., he stayed out east, met his first wife Nancy, and raised six children. He worked 34 years for Vermont Electric Co (VELCO) as a power coordinator; shifting electricity from power generating plants to power companies throughout eastern Canada and the Northeastern United States. After 35 years of marriage, he and Nancy parted ways. Although his job required shift work, he became a Boy Scout leader, a rider of Hondas and Harleys, a ham radio operator, a chaplain for some organizations, and continued his devout life as a Christian which began as a child.
At retirement in 2004, he married Judy (Schelde) Anderson and moved back to Minnesota where he continued his life of service. He was a proud member of Vietnam Veterans of America 1, DAV Chapter 23, Kolstad, American Legion Post 780, VFW Post 1757, where he served as Commander, adjutant and treasurer, and a member of the Honor Guard. He was VFW District Commander and a member of Military Order of Cooties 5, Cloquet. Bob was an integral part of the “We Honor Vets” program of Essentia Hospice. His vision was always to provide dignity for a Veteran’s end of life, and he honored each of those with a certificate, a flag, and a serviceman’s pin. Bob spent eight to nine years in the program and over 250 visits at Veterans end of life in the Iron Range.
Bob continued in martial arts, gardening, tinkering, volunteering at the Cook Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop, wood carving, painting, fishing, and writing. He never stopped sharing his love of Christ and “telling the story”, even at the VA Hospital.
Bob is survived by his beloved wife Judy; children: Stacey (Randy), Tom, Darcy (Phil), Travis (Mandy), Jeremy, and Angela (Rob); daughters-in-law: Sunny and Jessica; stepsons: Jody (Peggy), Chris (Dawn), and Jeremy (Paula); brother Terry; sisters: Janice and Karen; brothers-in-law: Jack (Vicki), Jay (June), Jeff (Kathy); sisters-in-law: Jill, Joy (Jim), and Jewel; 24 grandchildren: Jonah, Carlton (Melody), Leigh (James), William, Samantha, Taylor (Paul), Elizabeth (Joe), Dominic (Julia), Johnathan, Eliana, Sean, Virginia, Grace, Peter, Kittredge, Colin, Ashley, Randi, Taylor, Carlie, Paige, Keegan, Alicia (Mike), and Levi (Kristianna); 20 great-grandchildren: Jacob, Addison, Evelyn, Emmerson, Felicity, Jon, Colt, Jordan, Phoenix, Kyron, Lily, Bayden, Harven, Rowan, Grayson, Kassidy, Evalynn, Adilynn, Aleida, and Emilia; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and the mother of his children, Nancy.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers-in-law, Jim and Charlie; two sisters-in-law, Jean and Jane; and his beloved golden Max.
In lieu of flowers, Bob would prefer donations to be sent for research into ALS: ALS Association, MN-ND-SD Chapter, 1919 University Ave W., St. Paul, MN 55104. Note: there will be a Celebration of Life in Rutland in June which will be announced. Online condolences to www.mlakerfuneralhome.com
Earl William Milton
Earl William Milton, 77, of Leonidas, went home to be with Jesus Wednesday, March 8, 2023, at Essentia Health, Virginia. A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, March 17, 2023, at Cron-Sheehy Funeral Home from 5-7 p.m. in Eveleth. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Virginia at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 18, with visitation at the church 1 hour prior to the service. Fr. Brandon Moravitz celebrating. Burial will be at Lake View Cemetery in Buhl. Family services provided by the Cron-Sheehy Funeral Home.
He is survived by his spouse of 55 years Jo Anne; his son, William (Amy Vesel); daughter, Amy; grandchildren, Emily (Kyle), Ryan, Hanna and Ruby; brother, Joseph (Emilie); sisters Lois Hadrava, Jean (Russel) Voss, JoAnn (Rich) Halverson; sisters-in-law, Connie Deminsky, Jacky Kveton, and Linda McConn; and several nieces and nephews.
Alan Bozicevich, Sr.
Alan Bozicevich, Sr., age 75 of Pine Island, Lake Vermilion, died unexpectedly Thursday March 2, 2023 in his home. A Celebration of life will be held at a later date. Family services provided by Bauman-Vermilion, A Bauman Family Funeral Home in Tower.
He was born April 29, 1947 in Virginia, the son of Matt and Dena (Nevin) Bozicevich.
Al will be missed by his kids Al “Little Al” (Paula) Bozicevich, Jr. of Embarrass, and Amy “Pumpkin” Bozicevich (Scott) of Virginia; grandson: Matt Bozicevich of Mt. Iron; brother: Ed (Barbara) Bozicevich of Fayal Twp.; niece: Mona Pittman of Virginia; Fiancée Cathie Kishel and her family; extended family and friends.
Evelyn Larson passed away on Friday, March 3, 2023, at the Cook Hospital. Evelyn was born on September 19, 1925. A Celebration of Life will be held in Arizona at a future date. Family services provided by Mlaker Funeral Home.
Evelyn is survived by her sister Mary George; daughters: Bonnie Grosshauser and husband Terry; Jodie Banks and husband Jeff; only grandchild Joseph; and many great nieces and great-great nieces/nephews.
Steven (Steve) Urman
Steven (Steve) Urman, 69, passed away at his home on March 14, 2023, with his family at his side. The Funeral Service is at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 18, 2023, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely. Visitation is prior to the service from 10 – 11 a.m. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home.