Kenneth E. Ollila

CRYSTAL FALLS – Kenneth E. Ollila, 63, of Crystal Falls, passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on Aug. 9, 1950, son of Helen (Nylund) and the late Oliver Ollila. He attended Crystal Falls schools, graduating from Forest Park High School in 1968. He was married to his high school sweetheart, Teresa Skibo, for 42 years. Ken worked for 31 years as a rural mail carrier for the United States Postal Service, retiring on Aug. 31, 2012. He was a lifelong resident of Crystal Falls. As a young boy Ken lived on Swan Lake before moving into a home that his dad built in the City of Crystal Falls. Years later he and his wife Teresa were able to move back to beautiful Swan Lake. Ken loved the tranquility of the lake and his camp. He also cherished spending time in the solitude of his deer blind at camp. Each week Ken looked forward to golfing with his regular “golf buddies” on Tuesday night. Ken’s greatest pleasure came from spending time with his family.

Ken is survived by his loving wife, Teresa Ollila of Crystal Falls; mother, Helen Ollila of Crystal Falls; sons, Jason (Sierra Porter) Ollila of Traverse City; Seth (Candice) Ollila of Green Bay, Wis; daughter, Liza (Eric) Guikema of Grand Rapids; grandson, Elijah Ollila; brother, Thomas Ollila of Crystal Falls.

Visitation will be held on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Lakeview Bible Church of Crystal Falls. The funeral service will follow at 4 p.m. at the church. Pastor Dick Kreider will officiate. Spring burial will be in the Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Crystal Falls.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Iron County Cancer Unit, P.O. Box 45, Iron River, MI 49935.

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The family has entrusted the Nash Funeral Home of Crystal Falls with the funeral arrangements.