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Donald V. “Pops” Erkkila, Sr., 88, of Chatham, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Saturday night, June 3, 2017 at the Tendercare Health Center in Munising. Donald was born on August 4, 1928 in Forsyth Township to the late John V. and Hilia (Leppanen) Erkkila. Donald was strong willed and very independent. He was a voracious reader, an avid woodworker and had a love for everything in nature. He is survived by his four children, Debbie (Randy) Vining of Chatham, Vickie (Robert) Buehrly of Traunik, Robin (Gary) Howard of Gwinn and Don (Melissa) Erkkila, Jr. of Marquette; 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; and a sister, Dorothy Taylor of Escanaba. Donald was preceded in death by his furry companion Bootsie “The Man.” A private service will be held at a later date. The Canale-Tonella Funeral Home is assisting the Erkkila family where memories may be shared at canalefuneral.com

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