NEGAUNEE - Eino L. "Luke" Lukkarinen, 84, formerly of 21 Horseshoe Lake Circle, Negaunee Twp., died at 8:56 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011 at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility where he had resided since March of 2006.
Eino was born Jan. 8, 1926 in Negaunee to Waco and Vieno Katheryn (Rintala) Lukkarinen and attended Negaunee High School. He entered the U.S. Coast Guard at the age of 17. He was stationed and lived at various Great Lakes lighthouses including the Marquette, Stannard Rock and Grand Marais lighthouses. He retired from the Coast Guard in 1964 after 21 years of service. He continued his service with the Coast Guard Auxiliary for 25 years, patrolling and inspecting boats on Lake Superior, earning many awards, including Coast Guard Auxiliary Volunteer of the Year on two occasions. Following his retirement from active duty from the Coast Guard he worked for the Northern Michigan University maintenance department for 20 years, retiring in 1986.
Mr. Lukkarinen attended Eastwood Apostolic Lutheran Church, Negaunee. He had been a many year member of the Negaunee Township Fire Department.
Eino L. Lukkarinen
Surviving are his daughter-in-law, Victoria Lukkarinen of Marquette, two grandchildren, Tammy (Charley) Lancioni of Ontonogan, Errol (Jennie) Lukkarinen, Jr. of Negaunee, three great-grandchildren: Nico, Jessica, and Tony, two sisters: Iona Bradley of Brighton, Charlotte (Bill) Anderson of Ishpeming, several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Hazel (Jones) Lukkarinen on Feb. 4, 2007, his son Errol Lukkarinen on July 19, 1999.
Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday at Eastwood Apostolic Lutheran Church in Neguanee with Rev. Dale R. Niskanen and Rev. D. Michael Carriere officiating. Burial will be in the Negaunee Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Errol Lukkarinen, Charley Lancioni, Tony Ringuette, David Crum, Peter and Bill Anderson. The family will greet relatives and friends from 10:30 a.m. until the time of services at noon on Saturday at the church.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.koskeyfuneralhome.com.