Ernest “Ernie” L. Loukinen, 77, of Davenport, IA, formerly of Dubuque, IA passed away on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at his home following a short battle with pancreatic cancer. He was thankful for all of the family and friends that came to visit him during his last few weeks. He appreciated their love and the support shown him and his family.
Ernest Leo Loukinen was born September 12, 1940, in Stanton Township, MI, a son of Uno and Helmi (Kuosa) Loukinen. He was united in marriage to Karin Ostling in 1967.
Ernie had worked in non-destructive testing during his time in Detroit before returning to the Upper Peninsula where he began his career as a heavy equipment master mechanic with Terex. He enjoyed wood working, creating several tables and cabinets for his home, and his depth of handyman knowledge was a great asset for his family. He could fix just about anything mechanical, starting with rebuilding the family’s farm tractor when he was just 12 years old. He was very committed to his in-laws, Donald and Lauraine Ostling, during the last years with failing health. He would take Donald to the Dubuque Locks frequently to watch river traffic cycle through the locks. Ernie was especially proud of his grandchildren, spending time camping with them each summer.
His relationship with Christ was most important to him. He grounded in his faith and thanked God for his many blessings, reciting the Doxology each morning. His last words peacefully spoken were “take me home Jesus.”
Survivors include his wife Karin Loukinen, M.D, Davenport; daughter Shelley Spector, Davenport; son Scott Loukinen, Marquette, MI; grandchildren Bailey and Ethan Loukinen, Marquette, and Cecelia and Amos Spector, Davenport; sister Sylvia (Richard) McWatters, Traverse City, MI; brothers Robert Loukinen, Ontonagon, MI, and Norman (Maneeratana) Loukinen, San Antonio, TX.
His parents and sister Ruth Ristola preceded him in death.
Memorial services celebrating Ernie’s life will be 11am, July 28, 2018 at Assembly of God Church, 104 N. Steel St, Ontonagon, MI, with a luncheon to follow at the church. Private inurnment will be in Riverside Cemetery, Ontonagon. Memorials in Ernie’s name may be made to the church.
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