Leo Laitinen, age 92, of 1924 West Maple Ridge 37th Road, Rock, passed away Friday afternoon March 25, 2011 at the D.J.Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette where he currently was residing.
Leo was born on September 9, 1918 on the family farm in Rock the son of John and Aliina (Nuuttila) Laitinen. He was raised on the family farm and was a 1935 graduate of the Rock High School. Following graduation, Leo continued to work on the family farm until he served his country in the U.S. Army from 1942-1945. During his tour of duty he was stationed in China, India and Burma, as a radio operator. He received many decorations and citations during this time.
Upon his return to the States, Leo worked on the family farm. Shortly after, he became a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Union Local #687.
As a carpenter he worked on many local construction jobs, including KI Sawyer AFB, Northern Michigan University, Marquette General Hospital, as well, as the Empire and Tilden mines. Leo was a 45 year member of the carpenters union, receiving his 45 year pin the day he passed away.
Leo was united in marriage to the former Doris Stenerson in March 1954, and they made their home in Rock where they raised their daughter Susan.
In addition to being a member of the Carpenters Union, Leo was a member of the Rock American Legion and Rock Senior Center. He also served as a Trustee for the Ewing Township Board for several years. Leo will be remembered by his family and friends as being very outgoing, social and active in the community of Rock. He was a friend to many.
Leo enjoyed his carpentry work, watching western movies and reading Louie L