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John T. Zupin, 79, of Babbitt passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at his home.

He was born on Oct. 15, 1934 in Ely to Simon and Johanna (Brince) Zupin.

He was a 1952 graduate of the Ely high school.

John served in the U.S. Marine Corp during the Korean War and participated in the Tai Chen Island evacuation to Formosa.

He married Judy North in 1960 and worked as an electrician at Reserve Mining Company in Babbitt for 30 years, and then 9 1/2 years at LTV Mining in Hoyt Lakes.

John was a hunter, fisherman and was well known for his smoked fish and polish; and he was an avid gardener and loved to work in his yard.

One of his fondest memories was a trip he made with his son John to Great Bear Lake in the Arctic Circle.

John was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Babbitt; a 60 year member of Maki-Pinola American Legion Post 535 and VFW Post 1539, both of Babbitt.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Anne Pucel and her husband Louis and a brother-in-law, Ted Loushin.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Judy Zupin of Babbitt; daughters Debbie (Roger) Norrell of Shakopee, Minn., Sherry Zupin of Monticello, Minn.; sons John (Tracy) Zupin of Embarrass and Joe (Allyson) Zupin of Chandler, Ariz.; seven grandsons, Jeffrey (Debbie), Christopher, Tommy, Joseph II, Logan, Sean and Tyler; three great-grandchildren, Nolan, Paige and Kiernan; two sisters, Mary Loushin of Ely and Jennie (Jack) Parden of Post Falls, Idaho and nieces and nephews.

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014 in St. Pius X Catholic Church in Babbitt with Rev. Fr. Alfred Kaster as celebrant. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service in the church. Military rites will be accorded by Maki-Pinola American Legion Post 535 and VFW Post 1539. Arrangements are with the Landmark Funeral Home of Virginia.