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Obituary (Update): Gordon R. Wiitanen

As received from the Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes:

Houghton Canal

A mass of Christian burial for Gordon Wiitanen, a resident of Hancock and former Petoskey resident, who passed away on December 23, 2020, will be held 10 am, Saturday, August 14, 2021, at St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church in Houghton with Fr. John Martignon to officiate. The family asks that masks and social distancing be practiced during mass. A graveside blessing with Military Honors will be held later in the Oskar Cemetery.

He was born on October 6, 1926, in Atlantic Mine to the late Casper and Anna (Paavo) Wiitanen.

Besides his wife and parents, Gordon was preceded in death by his brothers Elmer, Clarence, John, Carl (Lil), Raymond, Ronald (Carole), Kenneth and a sister Katie.

He is survived by his children:
David of Chassell
Mark (Sherri) of Houghton Canal
Keith (Joan) of Houghton Canal
Debra (Mack) Owen of Oregon
Valerie (John) Despins of Ohio

He is further survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends including special friend Shirley Neill of Petoskey.

To view Gordon’s full obituary or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.memorialchapel.net.

The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Home of Houghton is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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