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Obituaries: March 29, 2024


David J. Crego
David Jonathan Crego, 69, a veteran of the Vietnam War and a longtime resident of Cook and Hibbing, passed away on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, surrounded by family. A Memorial Service with Military Honors will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 30 at Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Lunch and fellowship will follow the service at the VFW in Cook.
Dave, as he was known to many in the area, was born on April 16, 1954, and attended Orr High School before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. Dave saw action aboard the USS Enterprise, and he had many amazing stories of his time in the service with his seabag on his back.
 After his enlistment, Dave returned home and married Sherry Gustafson on Feb. 14, 1975. Together they resided in Cook, where they proceeded to have three daughters. Dave held various jobs but found his niche and became a certified welder as he loved to work with his hands. Dave was an avid motorcycle rider, loved music, and he could always be found in his garage tinkering with something or working on his hotrod. Dave held roles in various motorcycle clubs and played in many bands throughout his lifetime.
 Dave is survived by his beloved wife, Sherry; daughters, Melissa (James) Friederichs, Dawn Kehoe and Carrie (Erik) Brown; brothers, Pat Crego and Dole (Karen) Crego Sr.; grandchildren, Tyler, Trevor and Austin Kehoe, Isabella and Dawson Friederichs, and Waylon Brown; special aunt and uncle, Tom (Denise) Hakala; aunts, Janda (John) Mahlberg and Diane Hakala; special mother-in-law, Barbara Matts; mother, Rose Marie Musakka; numerous brothers- and sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.
Delphi Grebenc
Delphi “Del” Grebenc, 93, of Ely, passed away at Boundary Waters Care Center on Friday, March 22, 2024. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.