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Obituaries: June 17, 2022


Roy H. Soderberg
Roy H. Soderberg, 95-1/2, died on Friday, June 10, 2022, after a brief stay at Vermilion Senior Living in Tower. Roy’s family would like to thank the staff at Vermilion Senior Living for the wonderful care during his brief stay. Also, many thanks to Dr. Bianco for the years of care for Uncle Roy. At Roy’s request, no formal services will be held. Family services provided by Bauman-Vermilion, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Tower.
Roy was born on Dec. 4, 1926, in Soudan, the youngest of 12 children born to Chas and Signe Soderberg. Roy was a graduate of Tower-Soudan High School in the class of 1944. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy from 1944 until 1946. Roy was employed by the Soudan Underground Mine, the Pioneer Mine in Ely, and Minntac. He was a member of the VFW, Elks, Masons, NRA, Ducks Unlimited, Tower-Soudan Old Settlers, Stuntz Bay Association, and many other local organizations. Roy was a very avid bowler and on many championship teams with his brother Norm.
But Roy was best known for his love of flying. As an avid hunter and fisherman, he would fly his plane to many remote lakes in Ontario for lake trout, Saskatchewan for ducks and geese, and South Dakota for pheasant. He knew Lake Vermilion like the back of his hand. No one could filet a fish like Roy, a skill he passed on to his nephews.
Roy is survived by his caregivers: niece, Patti Soderberg Buffington, great-nephews, Jeff (Joan) Jauss and Terry (Amy) Soderberg; nieces and nephews, Lois St. Sure (Jay), Karen Karni, Linda (Don) Duffer, James Cooley, John (JoAnna) Pucel, Bill Pucel, Mary Gayle Pucel, Kurt (Barb) Soderberg and Nancy (Barry) Przybylski; many extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Carl, Lawrence, Clifford, Norman, Hazel, Lil, Grace, Ozzie, Mildred, Jane and Ollie; and nieces and nephews, Jean Soderberg, Susan Stalder, George Jauss and Tom (Dale) Soderberg.

Bruce W. Johnson
Bruce William Johnson of Anchorage, Alaska, passed away unexpectedly in his home in Anchorage on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. A celebration of life will be held at 4 p.m. on Monday, June 20 at Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Lunch will be served immediately after the service, followed by interment at the Leiding Cemetery.

Elizabeth Schultz
Elizabeth “Liz” Schultz, 36, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Friday, June 10, 2022, after a courageous battle with adrenal cancer. Arrangements are pending with Rowe Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Grand Rapids.