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Welcome to the memorial page for

Robert Edward Niemela

September 23, 1944 ~ May 29, 2017 (age 72)

Bob Niemela, 72, of Ontonagon died May 29, 2017 of natural causes.

Bob was a father, a friend, an engineer, and a visionary. Most importantly, he was a man of integrity and extraordinary faith. Faith in family, faith in community, and faith in miracles. He devoted his life’s work to making the world a better place, whether through engineering leadership, educating students, or civic engagement, and he leaves a legacy of perseverance and ingenuity.

Bob is survived by his two children, Jay Todd (Opie) Allen of Steamboat Springs, Colorado and Dana Louise Niemela of Golden, Colorado, and his sister Nancy Niemela of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Services will be held at St Paul Lutheran Church in Ontonagon at 12pm on Thursday, June 8. An open house will follow at Bob’s house on Lake Superior concluding with a sunset ceremony on the beach. All are welcome to come and celebrate Bob.

In lieu of flowers, please consider mailing a donation in Bob’s name to the St Paul Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 107 E River St. Ontonagon, Mi 49953 or to the Bob Niemela Engineering Scholarship fund being created in his name at

The Cane Funeral Home of Ontonagon is assisting the family with arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made to:

St. Paul Lutheran Church Memorial Fund
PO Box 85, Ontonagon MI 49953
Tel: 1-906-884-4788

Bob Niemela Engineering Scholarship Fund

 Service Information

Memorial Service
June 8, 2017

12:00 PM
St. Paul Lutheran Church
107 E. River St.
Ontonagon, MI 49953

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