SPREAD EAGLE, Wis. - Randall James "Randy" Weege, beloved husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather, died peacefully on Wednesday evening, Dec. 25, 2013.
He was born in Oconto, Wis., on May 14, 1926, to Elmer and Bessie (Geisler) Weege.
Randy attended Lincoln School and Oconto High School, graduating in 1944. He loved playing basketball and served as captain of his team. He enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps and worked as an Aerial Engineer, stationed in Germany at the end of World War II. He felt that serving his country was a privileged responsibility.
On Aug. 4, 1951, Randy married the love of his life, Patricia A. Telford. Together they raised three daughters, Cynthia, Kassie and Annie.
Randy grew up in a family that valued education and hard work. Pursuing a degree in geology allowed him to study what he loved. He attended the University of Wisconsin at Marinette for a year and then transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned his bachelor of science in geology in 1951 and his master's degree in economic geology in 1955.
Randy started his career in 1955 working for the Calumet and Hecla Mining Co. as an exploration geologist in Shullsburg, Wis. He accepted a position in Darwin, Calif., as a mine geologist with the Anaconda Mining Co. in the Lone Pine area. Expanding his expertise, he then joined the Uranium Division of Calumet and Hecla in Albuquerque, N.M. and worked extensively in Gallop and the Ambrosia Lake Region in Grants, N.M.
In 1959, he moved his family from the sand desert to the snowy Upper Peninsula of Michigan to focus his efforts on this beautiful area and earn the position of director of geology for the Calumet division of Calumet and Hecla. His study and exploration lead to his discovery of the copper deposit that became the successful Kingston Mine in Ahmeek. He shared his knowledge of geology at all levels, from research programs at Michigan Tech University to geology lessons for grade school classes and science fairs. He loved the Copper Country and worked hard to preserve its beauty.
Accepting a position as director of exploration for Universal Oil Products (UOP) included a move to Deerfield, Ill. in 1975. His mineral exploration included work in Saudi Arabia, Papua New Guinea, Guatemala, Brazil, Puerto Rica, the Philippine Islands, the Ivory Coast, Burundi, the Dominican Republic and the United States.
His travels inspired him to settle on the beautiful Spread Eagle Chain of Lakes with Pat in 1986, where he continued his consulting work. He loved to play golf and especially enjoyed his traveling group of golfing friends. He was a loyal Packer and Badger fan. He will be remembered as a loving husband, devoted father and father-in-law and wonderful grandfather. As young swimmers, his grandsons delighted in discovering quarters planted in the waters of Long Lake. His optimistic love of life was a gift. Although a scientist, Randy said only his Christian faith explained the "Why" of our world. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Kingsford, Golden K, Pine Grove Country Club, the Spread Eagle Chain of Lakes Association, the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, the Society of Economic Geologists and the Geological Society of America.
Randy is survived by his wife and best friend, Pat; his daughters, Cynthia Weege, Kassie (Paul) Fugere and Annie Weege Kern; grandsons, Andre Randall Fugere and Joel Paul Fugere; his nieces, Lynn Foster and Pam Vanhulle; and his nephew, Rex Mehlberg.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Betty Jane Lemirande.
Randy's family would like to thank the dedicated caregivers of Maryhill of Niagara, the compassionate work of Arms of Angels and Florence County Aging, and his wonderful neighbors for their longtime friendship.
A small family service will be held to honor and celebrate Randy's remarkable life.
A memorial will be established in Randy's name for the Golden K Special Needs Children's parties and the First Presbyterian Church Soup Kitchen.
Condolences may be sent to Randy's family at 561 Sunrise Drive, Lodi, WI 53555
Until we meet again, dear Dad, may God's love keep us close.
Condolences to the family of Randy Weege may be expressed online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com.
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home with the arrangements.