Frank ‘Ron’ PuigFrank “Ron” Puig died peacefully, surrounded by his loving wife and family, on Saturday, March 29, 2008, at Sunrise Home in Two Harbors.
Frank “Ron” Puig died peacefully, surrounded by his loving wife and family, on Saturday, March 29, 2008, at Sunrise Home in Two Harbors.
He was born Dec. 10, 1937, to Frank E. Puig and Ellen (Bodeen) Puig in Washburn, Wis.
He grew up in Herbster, Wis., and graduated from South Shore High School in Port Wing, Wis., where he excelled in basketball, baseball and football.
On Oct. 26, 1957, he married Janet “Meg” Gierzak and moved to Silver Bay, where he was employed by Reserve Mining Co. until the plant closed in 1986.
He then became a sawyer. He loved this pastime sawing logs and feeding deer until his retirement in 2005. Even though Ron suffered from Alzheimer’s for many years, he never lost his life-long spirit of kindness and generosity.
Ron was active in youth sports, coaching baseball, hockey and football. He also formed a young Silver Bay fastpitch softball team called the Merchants to keep the interest of fastball alive in the area.
Ron was a premiere fastpitch softball pitcher known throughout the region. He was also an avid Packer backer and collected Packer memorabilia. The Lakers and Braves were among his favorite sports teams.
His parents preceded him in death.
Ron is survived by the love of his life, Meg, of 50 years; his sons, Ronald (Debbie Tibbetts), Pike Lake, and Jay, Isanti; his daughters, Julie (Clarence Housey), Silver Bay, Lisa (Garry) Coyle, Cottage Grove, and Jodi (Tim) Laeupple, Eveleth; his two brothers, Bob and Jim, Tucson, Ariz.; his grandchildren, Kyler, Brady (Danielle Kindstrand), Jordan, Emily, Megan, Jacob and Nathan; great grandson, Isaiah, and his brother, Chance; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial Mass was at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Silver Bay, Wednesday, April 2, 2008. Burial at Sawtooth Mountain Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements by Cavallin Funeral Home.