A co-worker says the Upper Peninsula man killed by a grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park last week was a kind, easygoing person who treasured the outdoors.
Authorities say the body of 59-year-old John Wallace of Chassell was found Friday. An autopsy shows he died of injuries from a bear attack.
Wallace worked at the Portage Lake District Library in Houghton as a librarian and building superintendent.
Library director Shawn Leche (lesh) describes Wallace as a lover of books, broadcasts of New York's Metropolitan Opera, and nature, particularly national parks.
Leche said Monday that Wallace had requested vacation time to camp and hike in Yellowstone, where he had visited before. He says Wallace never mentioned the possibility of encountering grizzly bears.
Leche says Wallace was married and had no children.