MARQUETTE, Mich. - Harold Elmer "Pee Wee" Parkkila, 87, of the Jacobetti Home for Veterans, Marquette, entered eternal life Monday, July 29, 2013, at the facility.
Harold was born November 6, 1925, in Chatham, a son of Axel and Sophie (Johnson) Parkkila. Raised in Chatham, he was a 1943 graduate of the Eben High School. Following graduation, Harold worked for a time sailing as a wheelsman on the ore boats, before entering the U.S. Army in 1953 as a radio operator. Following his honorable discharge, Harold was employed in the mines before beginning a 28 year career as a corrections officer at the Marquette Branch Prison.
On June 25, 1955, Harold married the former Mary Alice Peterson in Munising, and together the couple established their home and raised their family in Marquette.
Harold retired in 1987. An avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed life, Harold hunted and fished in his younger years, and tended his vegetable gardens and made visits to the casino in his retirement. He was also an avid walker and was a familiar sight at Presque Isle as he made his daily treks. Harold was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church.
A loving father, proud grandparent, and brother, he is survived by a son, Stephen (Char) Parkkila of Schofield, Wis.; two daughters, Cheryl Rose of Marquette and Lynn (Fred) Parkkila-Delarye of Prior Lake, Minn.; five grandchildren, Jonathan and Joshua Rose, Nicole, Stephanie, and Andy Gonyou; a sister, Sarah Williams of Marquette; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Harold was preceded in death by his wife, Alice; a daughter, Vicki Lynn; a grandson, Steven Rose; and a sister and brother-in-law, Bernice and Herbert Anderson.
Friends may call at St. Michael Catholic Church on Friday, August 2, beginning at 10:00 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00 noon Friday with the Rev. Larry Van Damme, pastor, as celebrant. A reception will follow in the Parish Center. Burial with veteran's honors will be made in the Holy Cross Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.
The Fassbender Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at fassbenderfuneralhome.com.