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James Roger Baakko

December 22, 1934 ~ June 20, 2018 (age 83)


     James R. Baakko, 83, a resident of Hancock passed away Wednesday morning June 20, 2018, at the Omega House in Houghton.

     He was born on December 22, 1934, in Hancock, a son of the late John and Anna (Ollila) Baakko.  James was raised in Sing Sing Location and was a graduate of the Hancock High School with the class of 1952.

     Mr. Baakko was a veteran having served with the United States Navy during the Korean War. 

     He returned to the area and had worked a variety of jobs until retiring from the maintenance department at Soumi College.     Jim enjoyed watching sporting events woodworking projects fishing and camping with his family.

     Preceding him in death were his parents, his daughter Julie, his sisters Jean and Barbara and his brothers Gerry, John and Donald.

     Surviving are:

            His fiancée: Ann Perrault

            His children: Tina Baakko

                                    Lisa Linder

                                    Rory (Lori) Baakko

                                    Terri (Mike) Williamson

                                    Josh (Analicia) Baakko

            12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren

            His sister: Christine Johnson

            His son-in-law: John Christian

            Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins

     As requested a graveside service for James will be held at a later time in the Lakeside Cemetery of Hancock.

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     The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Hancock are assisting the family with the arrangements.

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