In Loving Memory
Harvey Gene Filppula
Harvey Gene Filppula, 80, a former Dollar Bay resident, died on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018 at the Angels Touch Assisted Living for Dementia in DePere, Wisconsin, after a long and difficult battle with vascular dementia.
He was born on April 2, 1937 in Mass City, Michigan, to Onni and Edith (Kangas) Filppula. Harvey married Norma Filppula in Ontonagon, on June 11, 1960. For nearly all of their married life they made their home in Dollar Bay, Michigan. He was an integral part of the Dollar Bay community, the face of Dollar Bay schools, and well known throughout the Copper Country. He was an accomplished educator, basketball fanatic, volunteer fireman, and a board member of Lutheran Brotherhood (now Thrivent). He never sat still … his mantra was “Don’t Do Nothing!” Harvey was, and still is, a respected and much loved administrator, coach, teacher, and mentor.
He loved the outdoors and camping with his 5th wheel. He was a microbrew connoisseur and delved into wine and beer making. Harvey’s thirst for knowledge and love of people defined and centered his life. Harvey was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Filppula; his mother, Edith Filppula; and his father, Onni Filppula.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 28, 2018 in the First Lutheran Church in Dollar Bay, Michigan. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the time of service on Saturday in the church. Interment will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Greenland.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made in Harvey Gene Filppula's name to the Dementia Society of America. Please click here to make a memorial donation.