AHMEEK LOCATION - Howard Lahti, 79, a resident of Ahmeek Location, passed away at peace with God on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, at his home.
He was born Aug. 16, 1933, in Trimountain, a son of the late Emil and Ingrid (Honkavaara) Lahti.
Howie worked for and retired from Michigan Bell. He was an active member of his community whether it was bowling and as union steward and, as president of Ahmeek Village, he initiated the Corps of Engineers to dig the creek in Ahmeek to prevent spring flooding.
He was a 45-year member of the volunteer fire departments in Ahmeek and Lac La Belle, a 50-year member of American Legion Post 230 in Mohawk, serving as district commander, post commander and Legion bingo supervisor. He was a member of the Keweenaw County Veterans Trust Fund for 40 years. He really liked his bingo nights and being able to tease and visit with the bingo ladies and his fellow Legion buddies.
Howie served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict.
His camp in Lac La Belle was his place of peace and quiet, whether he was reading a good western book or just relaxing.
In 1990, when he married Joann, they began remodeling the camp inside and out.
He loved to pick berries and always had some project he was working on. His culinary specialty was peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. He will miss visiting with his Legion buddies, fellow firefighters, family and his Old Mil Nights.
Preceding him in death were his parents; three brothers, "Winker," Richard and "Pee Wee" (Robert); a sister, Linda Kinnunen; two sons, Ron and Roger; a daughter, Carrie Mortti; a step-granddaughter, Patricia Keith; and his companion, Angel.
Surviving are his wife, Joann; a daughter Kathie Lahti of Skandia; step-children, David (Gina) Keith of Iowa, Karen Kucera of Superior, Wis., Chuck (Connie) Keith of Siren, Wis., and Jean (Brian) Fettig of Pelkie; a sister, Jean (Bob) Olson of Houghton Canal; a brother, John Lahti of Appleton, Wis.; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
A memorial of Howie's life will be celebrated on Sept. 8, 2012, at 2 p.m. in Bethany Lutheran Church in Mohawk with Rev. Tim Johnston to officiate. Friends may call at Bethany Lutheran Church from noon to 2 p.m. Burial with military rites conducted by the Copper Country Veterans Association will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Ahmeek.
The Erickson Crowley Funeral Home in Calumet is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences can be left for the family at ericksoncrowley.com.