As received from the O’Neill-Dennis Funeral Home:
Calumet: Harold Richard “Dick” Fields of Calumet died at the age of 92 at Mission Point Nursing Home in Hancock on November 1, 2021 after a brief illness.
Dick was born in Watertown, New York on September 8, 1929 to Harvey Fields and Jennie Allen. After graduating from high school, he enlisted and served our country in the Air Force, where he met the love of his life, Gertrude “Trudy” Isaacson. They were married in Great Falls, Montana on October 6, 1953. After 6 years in the Air Force, they moved to Black River, NY and started a family. Dick was the commanding officer of American Legion Post 673 in Black River, NY from 1958 to 1959. He also served the community as a member of the Black River Fire Department from 1962 to 1973, most notably as vice president , president and member of the board of directors. He worked for Overhead Door Company and eventually went into business as the owner of Dick’s Over Door Company. Dick, Trudy and their four children were active in the church. He was extremely proud to serve as chairman of the building committee to build the new Concordia Lutheran Church in Watertown, NY, which opened in September 1971.
The family moved to Trudy’s hometown of Calumet, Michigan. There, Dick ran the bar, was assistant manager of the Houghton Big Boy, supervisor at the Copper Country Workshop, and manager of dealerships and skate rentals at the Bi-Centennial Arena. The longtime train enthusiast went into business again, this time as the owner of Dick’s Caboose and Freight Depot, a longtime business in downtown Laurium that served enthusiasts of all kinds throughout. the Keweenaw. The store also functioned as a convenient UPS shipping location for the community. As he connected with more and more local model train fans, he founded the Copper Range Model Railroad Club.
Dick has driven many miles during his years as a volunteer driver for the Family Independence Agency, taking the poor and needy to doctors, dialysis, and more. both locally and as far away as the Mayo Clinic and University of Michigan hospitals. He has also been a volunteer driver for Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, driving seniors to their special events and dinners. He was the emergency chaperone for the teen dances at Laurium Village Hall, filling in on short notice when someone else couldn’t come so the dance didn’t have to be canceled. Dick has been active with the CHS Band Boosters, member and usher at National Lutheran in Calumet, then Bethany Lutheran in Mohawk.
Dick and Trudy were snowbirds and then retired to Zephyrhills, Florida where Trudy died in 2005. Recently he returned to the Copper Country and until his last month was a community center volunteer and guide. active at the Copper Museum of the History of the Firefighters of the Country, both in Calumet.
He was honored to participate in many survival tours during Relay For Life events while always lighting a light in Trudy’s memory. In addition to trains, Dick also loved photography starting with his brownie camera, genealogy, boating, fishing, playing and calling bingo, U of M sports, live music of all. kinds, solving sudoku, bowling, golfing, family camping, people watching and eating free food. A lifetime of service, he might be stubborn and opinionated, but he was fiercely loyal to his friends, full of pride and love for his family, and fervent in his faith.
He was killed by his parents, siblings Alanson (Genevieve), Frank (Barbara), Harvey (Millie), Norma (Slim) Gardner, his wife Trudy, a daughter Denise Marshall and a brother-in-law Uno Isaacson. He is survived by three children Diane (Fred) Funkey, Daniel (Sherry Hodges) Fields, Jennie (Pete) Dalton and a son-in-law Steven Marshall; four granddaughters, Heather Marshall, Jessica (Jeff Klein) Fields, RaeAnn (Mike) Duer, Loni (Nic) Johnston; eight grandchildren, Ian and Ryan Jarrard, Megan, Kaycee, Liam and Erin Duer, Zoey and Oliver Johnston; one sister-in-law Agnes Isaacson; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and dear friends.
The family would like to thank the staff at Aspirus Calumet, VA Clinic in Hancock, Mission Point in Hancock and Mercy Ambulance for their competent and compassionate care.
Cremation has taken place and there will be no services. The O’Neill-Dennis Funeral Home is responsible for the services. Please go to www.oneilldennisfh.com leave condolences online.