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Daniel Reilly

Daniel Joseph Reilly

Saturday, October 30, 1954 - Saturday, May 25, 2019
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Daniel Joseph Reilly, 64, a resident of Bootjack and Laurium, passed on Saturday, May 25th with family by his side at Aspirus Keweenaw hospital following a valiant battle with colon cancer.
Dan was born on October 30, 1954 in Laurium, a son of Joseph and Barbara (Mattila) Reilly. He enlisted in the U.S. Army after graduating from Calumet High School in 1972 and served in an Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit in the St. Louis, MO area. Upon return he joined the Michigan National Guard 107th Engineering Battalion and later graduated from the Michigan Military Academy Officer Candidate School, Class of 29, in July 1986. He eventually earned the rank of Captain and after numerous duty stations, Captain Dan returned as Commanding Officer of 107th Company A and was honored by his troops as “The Troops Commander” during his departing change of command ceremony. Dan attended Michigan Technological University, studying surveying / civil engineering technology. He was employed by Lakes Engineering and UP Engineering & Associates before retiring from the Houghton County Road Commission in November of 2017 after 19 years of dedicated service.
Dan and his soulmate, Lorri (LaHaie), met in 1981 and celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary last July. They were blessed with two daughters and their husbands (who he considered sons), as well as five grandchildren that he absolutely adored. A loving and devoted husband, father, and son; Dan was a family man who enjoyed spending time with family and friends, photography, traveling, walking, astronomy and playing golf and pool. Grandpa Shark will be sadly missed and fondly remembered for his integrity, kind and caring nature, intellect, and witty sense of humor.
Dan is survived by his mother, father, and wife; his daughters Christine (Matthew) Gilley and Jennifer (Robert) Freeze; his grandchildren, Madison, Wyatt, James, Reagan, and Reilly; his sister-in-law Lynn; numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, and cousins; and many wonderful friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, brothers (Lon, Fred, Shawn, and Joe), mother and father-in-law, and numerous aunts and uncles.
Dan’s memorial service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, June 8th in the Veterans section of the Lake View Cemetery in Calumet. A celebration of life luncheon will follow immediately afterward at the L&L Bar in Calumet. The Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left for the family at In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, Dan’s family suggests contributing to a charity of your choice.
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    Saturday, June 8, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, June 8, 2019 11:00am
    Lake View Cemetery
    Lake View Cemetery 24090 Veterans Memorial Highway
    Calumet, MI 49913
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Lisa Pugh

Posted at 01:02am
Lorrie, Joe, Barb, and family,
I am so sorry to hear of Dan's passing. Dan worked for my dad at Lakes Engineering. I also knew him through my friendship with his brother Shawn. Dan was a quality individual who was friendly to everyone and had a great work ethic. He was funny and caring, and his smile lit up the room. Please accept my sympathy for your loss. I wish you comfort and peace. Sincerely,
Lisa (Peterson) Pugh

Mike Petterson

Posted at 04:03pm
This is very sad news of which I am just learning about... Dan was a mentor, teacher and friend. He and I worked together when he was at Lakes Engineering. He taught me that you always needed to be doing something when you were working, never just sit around and do nothing. He and I attended MTU together. He was easy going and fun to be around. He had this old blue swedish made car that had seen many, many miles, but it was his pride and joy. One of the joys of my UP trips, usually the 4th of July would be to run into Dan and reminisce about the "good ole days". Dan will be missed.

Linda Romps

Posted at 12:20pm
Im so sorry to hear of Dans passing. I will never forget his warm smile and easy going loving personality. I feel terrible for his family, especially Lorrie and his parents whom I care deeply for.

lyn Sosa

Posted at 02:06pm
We were saddened to read about Dan’s passing. May the many treasured memories sustain you during this most difficult time. We pray that you find comfort in our Creator’s promises to reunite us with our beloved ones again, in a youthful world, where the causes of pain and sorrow will be a thing of the past. How exciting it will be to see him again doing all the things he loved. Forever find comfort reading Isaiah 25:8, which promises that our tears of mourning will end when death is done away with. Our sincerest condolences to the Family.

Ed Gariepy

Posted at 01:30pm
Uncle Joe and Aunt Barb,
We are sorry to learn of Danny's passing. He was such a gentle soul and a dear cousin. And we will all miss him. As we do his brothers. Many special memories.
Ed and Annie Gariepy

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