Carl Richard Saari

Resided in Trenary, MI
Died October 21, 2023

Carl Richard Saari, age 86, of Trenary, MI, passed away on Saturday, October 21, 2023 at the DJ Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette, MI, where he resided since October 2016.

Richard was born on September 13, 1937 at the family home in Trenary, the son of Armour and Ella (Salo) Saari. He attended school in Trenary, worked on the family farm and then worked at American Motors for a time. In the 1960’s, he began his career working on both Great Lakes and deep sea water ships. He worked as an oiler/engine man and conveyor man on the boats. During that time, he traveled all over the world. He enjoyed sharing stories of the many places he had visited. He retired from the boats in July 1993.

Richard enjoyed hunting, photography, watching old Western movies, listening to country music oldies and his former neighbor, Elmer Aho, on the radio. He was a long time member of the Seafarers and National Maritime Unions, Moose Lodge, Legion, Amvets and Lions Club for several years.

Richard is survived by numerous cousins of the Saari, Niemi, Rinnemaki and Aho families, and Salo relatives in Finland. He is also survived by special friend, Donna Marchak and many other friends.

The family would like to thank all the staff at the Jacobetti Home for Veterans for the wonderful care provided to Richard over the past several years.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, November 11 from 1:30 to 3:00 PM at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Memorial services will follow at 3:00 PM. Richard will be laid to rest at the family lot at the Mathias Township Cemetery.

2 Tributes for “Carl Richard Saari

    Carl was a very dear friend, affable, a fun-loving giant of a man who was a significant part of my life for many years. Losing him leaves a very large hole in my heart and life.

    RIP “Big Dick!” You were a big part of the “farm family” at my Mummos farm when I was growing up! You were always the tallest guy at all the gatherings. I remember seeing you go through the Soo Locks on the big ship when you were a Merchant Marine….you actually looked small on that ship You were always so nice to us Cady kids and we were always in awe of you. I just know your Mom is so very happy to see you again! RIP with love❤️ Joni (Cady) Hendrickson

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