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Randall J. Weege
Randall James "Randy" Weege, 87, passed away on Wednesday evening, Dec. 25.
Born in Oconto on May 14, 1926 to Elmer and Bessie (Geisler) Weege, he 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, he married Patricia A. Telford and they raised three daughters, Cynthia, Kassie and Annie.
A family that valued education and hard work, he pursued a degree in geology, studying what he loved. He attended UW-Wisconsin at Marinette for a year and then transferred to the UW-Madison, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Geology in 1951 and his Masters Degree in Economic Geology in 1955. He started his career in 1955 working for the Calumet and Hecla Mining Company as an exploration geologist in Shullsburg. He then accepted a position in Darwin, Ca. as a mine geologist with the Anaconda Mining Co. in Lone Pine area. He then joined the Uranium Division of Calumet and Hecla in Albuquerque, NM and worked extensively in Gallop and the Ambrosia Lake Region in Grants, NM.
In 1959, he moved his family from the sand desert to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to focus his efforts on this 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, Mi. He shared his knowledge of geology, 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.
He was inspired to settle on the Spread Eagle Chain of Lakes with his wife in 1986, where he continued consulting work. He enjoyed golf, his traveling group of golfing friends and was a loyal Packer and Badger fan. Although a scientist, he said only his Christian faith explained the "Why" of our world. A member of the First Presbyterian Church of Kingsford, he was also a member of 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.
He is survived by his wife, Pat; three daughters, Cynthia Weege, Kassie (Paul) Fugere and Annie Weege Kern; two grandsons; two nieces and a nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Betty Jane Lemirande.
A small family service was held to honor and celebrate his life. A memorial was established in his name for the Golden K Special Needs Children's parties and the First Presbyterian Church Soup Kitchen. Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.