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Robert L. Kinnunen

December 6, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

CHASSELL - Robert L. Kinnunen, 93, a former resident of Chassell passed away Tuesday afternoon Dec. 4, 2012, at the Cypress Manor Nursing Home in Hancock where he had been a resident since this past March.

He was born on June 19, 1919, in Keweenaw Bay, a son of the late Matt and Anna (Niemela) Kinnunen. Robert was raised in the Keweenaw Bay area and attended Keweenaw Bay School.

Mr. Kinnunen was a veteran having served with the United States Army during World War II.

In April of 1947, he was united in marriage to the former Irene Olgren. The couple moved to make their home in the Snake River Hill area. Irene preceded Robert in death in March of 1989.

Mr. Kinnunen was a heavy equipment mechanic, working for Axel Koski in Keweenaw Bay, and then Drott Tracker Company before retiring from Hocking Contracting.

Bob enjoyed carpentry projects, time outdoors fishing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and going for car rides.

Also preceding him in death were his wife; his sisters, Helen Simula, Esther Pyykkonen, Martha Hanshaw; and his brothers, Arthur, John, Ruben, and his twin brother, Wesley.

Surviving are his son, Robert. L Kinnunen; nephews, Donald (Arlene) Simula of Keweenaw Bay, and Lowell (Barbara) Hanshaw of L'Anse; nieces, Betty (Robert) Braun and Barbara Funk of Menasha, Wis., Sharon Ferris of Milwaukee, Wis., Donna Breno of Amherst, Ohio; and several great nieces, great nephews and cousins.

A memorial service for Robert will be held later this spring at the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Chassell. Burial will be in the Chassell Cemetery.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family suggests that memorials be given to the Alzheimer's Society.

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The Memorial Chapel Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.



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