William F. “Bill” Deyak, 97, dies

William F. “Bill” Deyak passed away Thursday, September 28, 2017 at the Carefree Assisted Living facility in Babbitt, MN.
Bill was born in Ely to Mary (Gorshe) and Louis Deyak on September 12, 1920 and recently celebrated his 97th birthday.
He served in the U. S. Navy during W.W. II (1942-1946) as a machinist in the North Atlantic, and was rescued by British allies after his ship was sunk.
Bill worked as a miner for a few years, but was limited by injuries. He was an accomplished gunsmith, and he utilized mechanical and outdoor skills at Basswood in later years. Bill loved fishing and hunting. He enjoyed his younger siblings, nieces and nephews, teaching them to enjoy the outdoors with his humor and skill. He loved Slovenian music and traditions.
Bill is survived by three sisters:, Margaret Mich, Helen Koschak, and Veronica “Bonnie” Zupancich, and will be missed by his special friend Katy Sustercich and his many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Louis and Edward, his sisters Mary Pechaver, Amelia “Amy” Liptak, and Elizabeth “Betty” Randorf.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church or to the charity of your choice are suggested.
Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Friday, October 6, 2017 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely with Rev. Fr. William Skarich as celebrant. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial, with military rites accorded by the Ely Color Guard, will be in the Ely Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Landmark Funeral Home in Virginia.