Norman Miilu Sr.

KINGSFORD – Norman S. Miilu Sr., 79, of Kingsford, passed away Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at the Oscar G. Johnson V.A. Medical Center in Iron Mountain.

Norman was born on May 17, 1934, in Mass City, Mich., son of the late Michael and Irene (Nichols) Miilu.

He grew up in Mass City and graduated from Mass City High School. Norman enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served from 1955 until being honorably discharged in 1961.

He married Leota “Sis” LaBine on June 10, 1961, in Trout Creek. She preceded him in death in 1987.

While living in Trout Creek, Norman worked for the White Pine Copper Mine as a driller blaster for 32 years before retiring. In 2006, he moved to Kingsford to be closer to his family. Norman enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Norman is survived by five sons, Russell (Linda) of Chilton, Wis., Norman Jr. of Iron Mountain, David of Madison, Wis., Robert (Ginny) of Kenosha, Wis., and Jerry (Angie) of Manitowoc, Wis.; two daughters, Lillian (William) Klein of Racine, Wis. and Cindy Miilu of Madison; four brothers, Donald (Carol) of Ontonagon, Howard (Judy) of Lansing, Eino (Kris) of Mass City, Roy (Gail) of Mass City; two sisters, Lillian (Myhren) of Ontonagon and Myrtle (Rick) Anderson of Ontonagon; 20 grandchildren, Travis, Troy (Patty), Trevor, Heather (Michael), Ronald, Medrick (Jessica), Patricia, Katy, Ullysis, Michael, Aaron, Justin (Hannah), Christy (Erik), Kiana, Cody, Jenna, Morgan, Danika, Jordan and Dalton; 13 great-grandchildren, Dale, Hunter, Roman, Tyler, Malachi, Thomas, Jasmine, Cameron, Hailey, Yelies, Cayden, Hailey and Katelyn; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and his wife, Sis, Norman was preceded in death by six siblings, and one granddaughter, Dallas.

Visitation will be Friday from 10 a.m. to noon Eastern time at the Trout Creek American Legion Hall. The family will share in a celebration of life with family and friends Friday at noon at the Trout Creek Legion Hall.

Burial will be in the Trout Creek Cemetery.

American Legion Post 0494 Trombley Polkas-Trout Creek will accord military honors at 12:45 p.m. at graveside.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Norman or leave a condolence to his family online at

The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain to honor Norman’s legacy of life.