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Roland Burgan

January 30, 1939 — January 14, 2016

Obituary of Roland Bruce Burgan HancockRoland Bruce Burgan of Hancock died on January 14, 2016 of esophageal cancer.He was born in Laurium on January 30, 1939 to George and Irma (Karhu) Burgan. He graduated from Calumet High School in 1956 and attended Michigan Technological University studying electrical engineering.He joined the Air Force in 1961. Upon the death of his father in 1962, he became the general manager of radio station WHDF in Houghton until it was sold in 1979. He was active in amateur radio for his entire adult life.On August 13, 1966 he married Mary Seppala.In 1986 he trained to become a weather observer at the Houghton County Memorial airport. Later he became an engineer at the ABC channel 5 television station in Calumet.Since 1998 he has provided photos for the City of Hancock web site.He was a member of the Alfred Erickson American Legion Post 186 of Hancock and the Copper Country Veterans Association. He served on the Hancock Sesquicentennial Committee and the Houghton County Building Authority.He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister DeeAnn Read Burgan. He is survived by his wife Mary, his brother Read, his sisters-in-law Margie Andrews, Helene Kainulainen, Sandra Kilpela, Alice Kolka, Betty Voldarski, and a cousin Marlene Mahaney.A graveside service for Roland will be held later this spring in the Forest Hill Cemetery of Houghton.To view Roland's obituary or to send condolences to the family please visit www.memorialchapel.net.Service Information To send flowers to the family of Roland Burgan, please visit Tribute Store
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