Death – Obituary: Robert Ovist – Keweenaw Report

Death – Obituary

As received from the Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes:

Robert W. “Bucky” Ovist, 86, a resident of the Houghton Canal passed away Wednesday evening December 22, 2021, at the UP Health – Portage Hospital shortly after being admitted.
He was born on September 12, 1935, in Hancock, a son of the late William and Irene (Lampinen) Ovist. He was raised in Onnela and was a graduate of the Houghton High School with the class of 1953.
Following high school, Mr. Ovist moved to the Flint area to work in the car factories.
On November 17, 1962, he was united in marriage to the former Elizabeth “Betty” Lexson. The couple moved to make their home on the Houghton Canal to raise their family. On February 1, 2009, Betty preceded Bucky in death.
Bucky had worked for Herman Gundlach Contracting until a workplace accident forces his early retirement.
Bucky enjoyed visiting with family and friends his warm smile would welcome anyone for a friendly conversation. He enjoyed time outdoors hunting, fishing and the annual trips to Isle Royal. Bucky was a former member of the Stanton Fire Department and helped build the fire hall.
Preceding him in death were his wife Betty, his parents, and his sister Betty Meyers.
Surviving are:
His children:
-Shelly (Jared) Peltier of Coles Creek
-Tim Ovist of South Range
His grandchildren: Katie, Tony, Angela, Timo, Cherlyn, Debra, Dan, & James
14 great grandchildren:
His brothers & Sisters:
-Gene (Gretchen) Ovist of South Range
-James (Donna) Ovist of Livonia, MI
-Jerry ( Pat) Ovist of Houghton Canal
-Joe ( Mary) Ovist of Onnela
-Barbara Ylitalo of Garden Grove, CA
-Diane (Steve) Yeaton of Yorba Linda, CA
His brother-in-law: Richard Meyers of Melvindale, MI
Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins
A time to remember Bucky and share stories will be held Thursday December 30, 2021, at the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Hancock from 4 to 7:00 pm.
Spring burial will be in the Oskar Cemetery.
To view Bucky’s obituary or to send condolences please visit
The Memorial Chapel Funeral & Cremation Service of Hancock has been assisting the family with the arrangements.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.