Obituaries - Dec. 1, 2011
- Lake Oswego Review - News
Elmer Hugo Hakkinen died Nov. 24, 2011. He was 91.
Mr. Hak-kinen was born Feb. 3, 1920, in Mulino to Finnish im-migrants David and Aino Hak-kinen, the youngest of their three sons. The family spoke Finnish at their small farm home and Mr. Hakkinen attended a one-room country school. He graduated from Molalla High School in 1938.
Following graduation he began learning the carpentry trade, which would become his life's work, from his uncle Albin Pajunen.
Mr. Hakkinen enrolled in Oregon State University in the fall of 1940, with the intention of becoming a dentist, but was drafted into the U.S. Army to serve in World War II. He served in the anti-aircraft branch of the Army with the American landing forces on Kiska in the Aleutian Islands and later in India on the Burma Road at the time of the Japanese surrender.
While on leave from the Army in 1942, Mr. Hakkinen married his love, Elvera. The couple would have one child, Karen, after the war. In 1950, Mr. Hakkinen moved his family to the home he constructed himself in Southeast Portland.
Mr. Hakkinen started his 30-plus year career as a carpenter with Reimers and Jollivette Inc. in 1952. He worked on a number of Portland landmarks, including the expansion of the Blitz Weinhard Brewery, Grandma's Cookie Company, Kaiser Hospital, Yaw's Restaurant, Pendleton Woolen Mills and, after his retirement, the building of a home for his daughter and son-in-law.
Mr. Hakkinen enjoyed hunting and fishing and was active with the Multnomah Anglers and Hunters Club, Oregon Duck Hunters Association and the Gateway Elks. He was a season ticketholder with the Portland Trail Blazers and spent a great deal of time gardening and caring for aging relatives and their homes.
Survivors include his wife, Elvera; daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Larry Hayes of Lake Oswego; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Kari Lynn and Bill Dischinger; and four great-grandsons.
A celebration of Mr. Hakkinen's life will be held Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. at the Sunnyside Little Chapel of the Chimes, 11667 S.E. Stevens Road, Happy Valley.
Remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
Lake Oswego resident Roy M. Howard died Nov. 28, 2011. He was 90.
Mr. How-ard was born Feb. 21, 1917, in Emmett, Idaho, to Lucy Ele-anor (Bra-dy) and Roy Guy How-ard.
He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and the Korean War and pursued a career as a real estate development consultant during his professional life.
Mr. Howard married Wanda L. Wright, who preceded him in death.
He enjoyed gardening and fishing.
Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Dave Adelhart; son and daughter-in-law, Roy M. and Shelley Howard; and three grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held Dec. 5 at 9:30 a.m. at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.
Longtime Lake Oswego resident Herbert W. Yandle died Nov. 21, 2011. He was 98.
Mr. Yandle was born Feb. 9, 1913, in Hoquiam, Wash., to William and Alice Coole Yandle. He graduated from Hoquiam High School and attended Grays Harbor College and the University of Washington.
Mr. Yandle served in the U.S. Army.
He was an accountant in the flour industry by profession.
Mr. Yandle married Evelyn Miles in 1940. The couple moved to Lake Oswego in 1959. Mrs. Yandle died in 1990.
Mr. Yandle became involved with Lake Oswego High School's Dads' Club, Lake Grove Park Board, Portland Exchange Club and the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center meal program.
Survivors include daughters, Beryl Halladay and Elaine Yandle-Roth, Lake Oswego; sons, Bill Yandle and John Yandle, Menlo Park, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A private service will be held.
Remembrances may be sent to Lake Oswego Adult Community Center's Meals on Wheels program, 505 G Ave., Lake Oswego, OR, 97034 or to the charity of one's choice.