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26090 Pine Street
Calumet, MI 49913
Phone: (906) 337-4600
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Emil Kinnunen

Emil Arnold Kinnunen

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
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Emil A. Kinnunen, 88, passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 of natural causes. As he would probably say, from being an old feller.

Emil was predeceased by his parents, Henry and Anna, his brothers Uno, Wayne, Edward, Wilho, and Donald, his sisters Hilda, Ailie, and Senia and his wife, and favorite tool passer of 55 years, Phyllis.

Those who knew Emil, knew of him as a kind, soft spoken and respectful person. He was never one to talk over another but often chose to listen ra-ther than speak. Unless it was about something old, like snowmobiles, tractors, vehicles, bottles, or local history. Then, he led many lively and entertaining conversations. Although Emil loved old things, he was also an avid reader and was very interested in current events from local to global. Anyone fortunate enough to share a cup of coffee (and a sweet) with him never knew what topic might come up. What you did know, was that you would be listened to, questions would be thoughtfully considered and, if advice was ever given, it would usually come back to you in the form of a question.

Emil is survived by his daughters, Bonny (Steve), Jackie (Chris), Barb (Troy) and son Arnie (Becky), his 4 grandchildren Jessie, Emily, Hayden and Hannah and his great grandchildren Darien and Violet.

On behalf of his family, we would like to thank all of Emil’s family and friends for the wonderful memories that he so cherished. He spoke of those he loved often and we are forever grateful for what you have all meant to him. Emil will be sorely missed but most certainly, never ever forgotten.

At Emil’s request, there will be no public services held.
Näkemiin, Pi-Pi.

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Jon Maninga

Posted at 09:04pm
Jackie and Barb, you and your family have my condolences.

Helmi kinn

Posted at 10:54am
Lämmin osanotto Eemelin poismenon johdosta. Emme koskaan ehtineet tavata, mutta tyttäresi kautta saimme yhteyden ❤️. Täällä pohjois Ruotsissa on laaja perhe. Olemme ajatuksin luonanne. Lepää rauhassaan Eemeli 💕. Serkkusi Elof Kinnunen lapset perheineen

Bonny Lynn Posted at 05:45pm

Kiitos Elofin lapsille ja perheelle. Minulla oli ilo tuoda takaisin valokuvia ja muistoja siellä kanssani vietetystä ajasta. Se merkitsi isällemme niin paljon.

Richard Dana

Posted at 04:02pm
One of the nicest guys I ever knew died Wednesday January 13th 2021. It seems so simple a statement. We all know "nice" guys. But trust me; few people you have ever met on this planet were as humanly gentle in their everyday dealings with their fellow man as Emil Kinnunen. I had the great good fortune to call him my friend and I will miss him.
Richard Dana


Bonny Lynn Posted at 06:08pm

Thank you Richard. Dad was indeed a genuinely kind and gentle man to all.

Tara Beaudoin

Posted at 03:33pm
I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of Emil. He taught me so much that I didn’t know of the little town I grew up in (Boston Location/Highway Location). I knew him as the propane man growing up and later in life had the privilege to care for him at home. He will surely be missed. I won’t forget all our wonderful chats we had and all the history you brought into my life. Can’t forget the Finnish language that you shared with me also. Couldn’t be prouder to be a Suomalainen.

Bonny Lynn Posted at 05:48pm

Thank you Tara. Dad truly enjoyed sharing the Finnish heritage and local history. We appreciate the care you gave him.

Kaaron Burkhart

Posted at 02:55pm
Emil has been on my heart
often and I’m so sad to hear he passed. I’m glad I knew him and am better for it. What a fine, fine man! Even with all his challenges getting around, he maintained his grace and sisu———and his art of conversation! I so enjoyed visiting with him and his memory was impressive! (And a bit humbling and intimidating😏) I loved how he remembered people, and made connections. I loved how his eyes listened. I love how he noticed and appreciated all his blessings and how he put things in perspective and prioritized people. I love Emil! My sincerest sympathy to his dear cherished family. I hope you’ll find peace knowing he’s at peace and free of all the old feller infirmities. I like to think of him reunited with his Phyllis and other loved ones who were eagerly waiting to welcome him. Beauty in those reunions. May God bless each of you who loved and were loved by him. May he comfort you as you grieve. May he keep jogging all your memories so you can keep sharing them. You were all so blessed to have such a special dad and grandpa. I’m sad with you all!💔🙏😇😇❤️

Bonny Lynn Posted at 05:55pm

Thank you for your kind word Kaaron. Dad enjoyed your visits and the information shared. He loved to talk about the history of our area and heritage. He is indeed at peace now with mom.

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