Traverse City Record-Eagle


November 24, 2013

Julius G. Musolf Jr.

NORTHPORT — Julius G. Musolf Jr., 90, of Northport, passed away Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Julius was born Dec. 6, 1922, in Tawas City, the son of Julius G. Musolf and Emelia (Miller) Musolf. On June 8, 1946, in Tawas City, he married his loving wife of 67-and-a-half years, Janet E. (McLean) Musolf, who survives.

As a young man Julius served his nation in the U.S. Navy Seabees. He served as a cook on Midway Island during World War II.

After his service Julius was a very accomplished professional photographer. He was a member of the Optimist Club of Saginaw. He owned his own business named “Julius the Photographer” in Sandusky.

He was active at St. John’s Church in Saginaw and a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Northport, where he served on the church council.

After retiring to this area Julius pursued his hobbies of fishing, golf, gardening and travel.

Julius is survived by his wife, Janet; two daughters, Judith E. Hewitt, of Niles, and Janis A. (Clay) Groomes, of Northport; four grandchildren, Lisa Siemiantowski, Erin Stone, Erik Wien and Alexandra Wien; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Thomas Hewitt; and siblings, Elsie, Martin, Frieda, Fred, Celia, Carl and Eleanor.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at Bethany Lutheran Church of Northport, with visitation one hour prior. Burial in Leelanau Township Cemetery will follow. The Rev. Tom W. Otis will officiate.

Memorials may be directed to Bethany Lutheran Church, PO Box 567, Northport, MI 49670; Northport EMS Department, Fire Department, PO Box 338, Northport, MI 49670; or Cherryland Humane Society, 1750 Ahlberg Road, Traverse City, MI 49686.

Please share memories with Julius’ family at their online obituary at

Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.

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