ROCK - James Richard Niemela, 73, of 2832 West Maple Ridge Road, Rock, Mich., passed away Friday March 14, 2014, at his home in Rock. He was born July 29, 1940, in Negaunee, Mich., and was the son of Reino and Toini (Linjala) Niemela. Jim graduated from Rock High School in 1958 and then attended Northern Michigan University for two years. He then served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War until he was honorably discharged. Jim was employed as a sheet metal worker for 43 years until his retirement in 2001.