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June 4, 2014

John R. Hakala

LAKE ANN — John Raymond Hakala, 79, of Lake Ann, passed away Saturday, May 31, 2014, peacefully at his home. John was born Dec. 4, 1934, in Ishpeming, Mich., to the late John and Lempi (Kauppila) Hakala.

He married Marguerite June Ransom on April 10, 1958, in Ishpeming.

John served our country for over 26 years in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Caperton and in the U.S. Air Force as a radar systems specialist and manager until his retirement as a Chief Master Sergeant in 1975.

John is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marguerite; children, Roberta (Mike) LaValley, Debra Stutts (Bob Birch), John (Joy) Hakala and Ray (Lilly) Hakala; 16 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and many life-long friends.

John was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Helen Junak; brother, Paul Hakala; father-in-law, Ray Ransom; mother-in-law, June Ransom; brother-in-law, Robert Junak; and brother-in-law, Richard Ransom.

Cremation has taken place and private memorial services will be held at be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made in John’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project.

The Bennett-Barz Funeral Home, in Beulah, is in charge of arrangements; www.bennett-barzfuneralhome.com.

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