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Obituary for Niron Ludwig Virch, Jr.

MARQUETTE, MI: Niron Ludwig Virch, Jr., age 96, of Marquette, entered eternal life Saturday, October 28, 2017, at Brookridge Heights Assisted Living, in the loving, comforting care of his family and caregivers of Upper Peninsula Home Health and Hospice.
Born March 7, 1921, in Marinette County, Wisconsin, a son of Niron L. and Amanda (Schultz) Virch, Niron graduated from Marinette High School. While in school he helped support his widowed mother through work with the Harmony Telephone Exchange. Because he could climb a telephone pole, Niron was hired by Michigan Bell Telephone Company in Menominee, Michigan where he began a 41 year career with that company, beginning as a lineman and ending his career as an engineer. When World War II began, Niron enlisted in the US Army and served as a Technical Sergeant with the 4025th Signal Service Battalion, from 1943-1945. He was stationed in New Guinea and the Philippines. Returning home following his honorable discharge, Niron met Patricia Draeger from Oconto, Wisconsin at a dance in February 1946, and the couple married on December 28, 1946 and started their family in the Virch family home in Harmony Corners, Wisconsin. In 1963, Niron and family relocated with the company to Marquette. He soon became involved in the Marquette community, serving as a lay leader with the First United Methodist Church and assisting with other civic projects such as serving as chairman of an American Cancer Society drive. He was a member the U.P. Chapter of Telephone Pioneers, Bay Cliff volunteers, Range Engineers and a lifetime member of the Marquette Regional History Center. Niron was a lifelong learner with many hobbies and interests. He was talented at carpentry, woodworking, fixing things, and enjoyed stamp and coin collecting. There wasn’t a small appliance he couldn’t repair. With the help of his family, Niron designed and built the family cabin, Vinjebu, on Lake Independence in 1975, and continued to improve and maintain it into his 90s. Sauna, Yahtzee, campfires and popcorn were enjoyed by all. For many years, Niron and Pat owned and operated a family business, Traditional Norwegian Rosemaling. Niron provided the accounting and business management skills to support the artistic work of his wife. Together, they organized and led numerous Folk Art Tours of Norway and Scandinavia, and they often appeared at local events exhibiting their work and dressed in traditional Norwegian clothing. As a woodcarver, Niron belonged to the UP Craft Council and the National Woodcarvers Association. Niron was enthusiastic about technologies. He had a home darkroom in the 1950s and was a sought-after photographer for friends and family. He captured many family memories on movie film and later on video camcorder. When home computers became available, he became an enthusiastic user, sending email, playing solitaire, and Skyping with distant family members until quite recently. He was a gentlemen who was determined and steadfast in adapting to the changes in life and remained young in heart and spirit.
He was a kind and loving husband, father and grandfather, who loved to tell stories, and he will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Niron is survived by his wife, Pat; his children, Margaret (David) Conover of Eugene, OR, Rosemary (William) Michelin of Negaunee, William (Hope) Virch of Marquette, and Julie (Scott) Dupras of Marquette; nine grandchildren, Erik (Holly)
Michelin of Negaunee, Johanna Michelin of Bellingham WA, Adam (Lisa Hanawalt) Conover of Los Angeles CA, Emily (Joe Robinson) Conover of Washington, D.C., Amanda Virch of Wausau, WI, Maria Virch of Marquette, Andrew Virch of Wausau, Allen Dupras and Austin Dupras of Marquette; and one great-grandson, Justin Michelin of Bellingham WA. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Clifford and Kenneth Virch.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Marquette Hope, 111 E. Ridge Street, Marquette, MI 49855, Bay Cliff Health Camp, P.O. Box 310, Big Bay, MI 49808, or UP Home Health and Hospice, 1124 W. Ridge Street, Marquette, MI 49855.
The family would like to express a sincere thank you to the caregivers of Brookridge Heights Assisted Living Facility and Upper Peninsula Home Health and Hospice, and to special home caregiver, Melissa Koepp.
Friends may call at the Marquette Hope Church (First United Methodist) on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. Funeral services will be held in the church on Wednesday at 1:00 pm with Rev. Kristi Hintz officiating. A reception will follow in the church hall.
The Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home is serving the family where condolences may be expressed online at www.swansonlundquistfuneralhome.com


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