Michael P. “Bucko” Pennanen

TRIMOUNTAIN -Michael P. Pennanen, 63, a resident of Trimountain, died on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at the Oscar G. Johnson V.A. Medical Center in Iron Mountain following a short illness.

He was born in Hancock on January 11, 1950. He was raised by his mother, Esther “Ambo” (Sjostrand) Pennanen and was a 1968 graduate of Jeffers High School.

Mike worked for Mattson Bottling in Hancock and for several years was employed by Adams Township.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving on the USS Hancock during the Vietnam War.

Mike drove the D.A.V. van to Iron Mountain for five years and enjoyed spending time with the patients he brought to their appointments. Recently, he received a certificate of recognition award from the Department of Veterans Affairs for his service, logging a total of 2693 hours.

Mike was a member of Ranger Post 6165 VFW of South Range. He enjoyed spending time gardening vegetables and flowers. He loved animals, especially his German Shepherd, Heikki.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; uncle, Clem Stone; two cousins, Donna and Stephan.

Surviving are three aunts, Gloria Stone of South Range, Joyce (Ron) Paulson of Baltic and Betty (Ralph) Tapani of South Range; as well as several cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, in the Mountain View Mortuary in South Range, with Pastor Elmer Liimatta to officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to services in the mortuary. Military rites will be conducted by Ranger Post following the service. Interment will be in the Mountain View Mortuary, South Range.

Arrangements are being handled by Antila Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at antilafuneral.com.