Erwin Thomas Simi died at the age of 90 on December 24, 2021, at the Turning Brook Retirement Community, Alpena, Michigan.
Erwin was born on February 11, 1931, on the family homestead in Nisula, Michigan. His parents were Carl and Elsa (Hakasari) Simi. He was married to Janet Swanson on June 26, 1965, who predeceased him. He was a proud Finn, fluent in the language.
He attended Laird Township School, graduating from Baraga High School in 1949, and Michigan Technological University in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Science.
He was employed by his parents on the family homestead dairy farm until their deaths. From 1966 to 1994 he was employed by the United States Soil Conservation Service as a Soil Conservation Agent in Schoolcraft, Luce, western Mackinaw, Alpena and Montmorency Soil Conservation Districts.
During retirement he enjoyed spending summers at the family homestead on White Siding Road in Nisula Michigan located in the Western Upper Peninsula and wintered in Alpena. He played several musical instruments and sang in his Church Choirs. He was a faithful member of Mission United Lutheran Church in Pelkie, Michigan near the family homestead and Grace Lutheran Church in Alpena.
He was preceded in death by his wife Janet, brothers John Simi, Eino Simi and Carl Simi and sisters, Ester Lepisto, Bertha Collar and Dora Anttonen.
He is survived by three generations of nieces and nephews.
A private family service will be held at the former St. Henry Lutheran Church Cemetery in Nisula.
Erwin looked forward to his resurrection from the dead as promised by his Lord Jesus.
Niece, Barbara Collar Hansen and her husband, Dennis who were his custodians late in his life, sincerely thank Marnie Hahn, the staff of Turning Brook Retirement Community and Hospice of Michigan for the wonderful care he was given.
Bannan Funeral Home in Alpena is servicing the family.
Contributions in his memory can be directed to the Bertha (Simi) Collar Scholarship Fund at Finlandia University, Hancock, Michigan that he established in her honor.