KINGSFORD - Gary L. Antonetti, 73, of Kingsford, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at the Oscar G. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center in Iron Mountain.
He was born on Oct. 14, 1939, in Iron Mountain, son of the late Frank and Mary (Sinnaeve) Antonetti.
Gary enlisted in the United States Navy just prior to his high school graduation. He served for three years aboard the Navy Destroyer, USS Sperry. While aboard the Sperry, he worked as an electrician and visited ports in many countries.
After his discharge from the Navy, he married the former Bonnie Peterson. Gary returned to college and earned his bachelor of science degree in sales and marketing from Northern Michigan University. He did this while working full time for Wisconsin Electric and helping Bonnie raise four children.
After graduating from college, Gary worked in sales and marketing for more than 30 years. During his long career, he earned numerous awards and recognitions prior to retirement.
Gary was well-known among family and friends for his great sense of humor and was very proud of his Italian heritage. He treasured times spent with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Gary loved hunting, fishing and staying at his camp in Amasa (Net River Paradise Palace of the King of Italy in Exile). He was the first one out on the ice fishing and the last one off the ice each year. In addition to the outdoors, Gary was an avid Detroit fan, especially the Detroit Lions. He was a lifelong member of American Martyrs Catholic Church in Kingsford.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; children, Lori (Bill) Haarstad of St. Cloud, Minn., Jon Erickson of Iron Mountain, Renee (Rich Rippetoe) Antonetti of Clearwater, Fla., and Robin (Jim) Hamm of Iron Mountain; sister, Judi (Gerrit) Stemmer of lower Michigan; grandchildren, Taylor and Carly Sparpana, Kirsten Haarstad, Ryan (Sarah Brinkman) Erickson and Matthew Erickson; great-grandchildren, Hailey and Dylan Erickson.
He will be greatly missed by his family and friends including those from Fob's Restaurant in Crystal Falls and the Rusty Sawblade in Amasa.
Visitation will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain.
Memorial services will be Saturday at noon at the funeral home. Fr. Joseph Gouin will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in his memory.
Condolences may be expressed to the family of Gary Antonetti online at ernashfuneralhomes.com
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home with the arrangements.