SNAKE RIVER HILL - Reino F. Hakala, 90, a resident of Snake River Hill, passed away early Monday morning, Feb. 25, 2013, at Cypress Manor Nursing Home in Hancock where he had been a resident patient for the past month.
He was born July 2, 1922, in Hurontown, the son of the late Nels and Amila (Onkalo) Hakala. As a child, he attended the Houghton Schools.
Mr. Hakala had attended the CCC Camps before serving his country with the United States Army during World War II.
Following his service time, Reino worked for various farms in the Copper Country before moving to Illinois to become a welder working for International Harvester, retiring after 27 years. He then moved back to Isle Royale Location before making his home on Snake River Hill since 1986.
Reino was a hard worker who always gave his all to every project.
His wife, Betty Hakala, preceded him in death in 1986. Also preceding him in death were his parents; his brothers, Elmer, Henry and Urho.
Surviving are his sister-in-law, Martha Hakala of Hancock; his nieces and nephew, Arlene (Alfred) Gunnari of Mohawk, Keith (Kathy) Hakala of Royal Oak, Mich., Dorothy Balding of Lawrenceville, GA and Kimberly (Glenn) Miller of Montgomery, Ala.; numerous cousins.
A graveside service for Reino with Military Rites will be held later this spring in Forest Hills Cemetery in Houghton.
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The Memorial Chapel Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.