Arne E. Heikkinen, 83, a resident of Askel passed away Wednesday morning December 6, 2017, at UP Health – Portage Hospital in Hancock following a lengthy illness.
He was born on December 10, 1933, in Askel, a son of the late John and Mamie (Onkalo) Heikkinen. Mr. Heikkinen attended the Doelle School. He then worked in the woods with his father before beginning a career working the ore boats on the great lakes.
Arne returned to live in Askel where he enjoyed picking berries and wood carving projects making handles for hammers and axes, Cross-country skies and sleds that could be used for ice fishing. He enjoyed cross country skiing until his 70th birthday.
Preceding him in death were his parents, his brother Iver, his sisters; Sigrid Heikkinen and Judy Wenberg and his brother-in-law; Raymond Maki.
His sister: Jean Maki of Chassell
His niece and nephew:
Karen (Jim) McInnis of Chelsea, MI and their children, Krista and Katie
Kim (Anita) Maki of Chassell and their children, Nathaniel, Rylee, Kyle, Briah
As requested no service will take place and burial will take place in the Askel Cemetery at a later date.
Arne’s family would like to thank the staff of the Light House in Hancock and UP Health -portage for the care given to him during his stay.
To view Arne’s obituary or to send condolences to the family please visit www.memorialchapel.net.
The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Hancock have been assisting the family with the arrangements.