106 West Main Street
P.O. Box 146
Phone: 906-475-4631
Fax: 906-475-5561


Sunday, September 20th, 1942 - Friday, August 16th, 2019
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Henry Gustaf Illikainen, 76, of Buffalo Road, Negaunee, passed away late Friday evening, August 16, 2019 at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility in the care of his loving family and UP Home Health and Hospice.

Henry was born September 20, 1942 in Mass City on his Aunt’s farm to Paul A. and Martha A. (Antilla) Illikainen and graduated from Ewen-Trout Creek High School, Class of 1966 before moving to the Negaunee area. He was employed as a truck driver for numerous companies, including 18 years with Lindberg’s. Henry also attended the Jacobetti Skill Center at Northern Michigan University.

Mr. Illikainen was a member of the Ishpeming Laestadian Lutheran Church. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family.

Surviving are his loving wife of 50 years, Ann (Leinonen) Illikainen; children: John (Diane), James, Jacob (Lisa), Joseph, Jason (Linda), Karen, Kristine, Robert, Katie (Justin) Hammond, Kathleen, Ronald (Jamie) and Kelly; grandchildren: Eliisa, James, Eric, Johnny, David, Courtney, Lindsey, Ben, Amanda, Paelynn, Jordan, William, Henry, Fredrik, and Lilly; great-grandchildren: Willow, Kenzie, Kendra, Keegan, Oliver and Easton; his sisters: Julia Linna, Judy Illikainen, Annu Illikainen and Arlene Tousignant; brother-in-law, Alrick Leinonen; sister-in-law, Evelyn (Keith) DeLongchamp; numerous nieces, nephews and many precious brothers and sisters in faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert; nephews: Peter and Patrick; sister-in-law, Lillian; and brothers-in-law: David and Marvin.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, August 21st at the Ishpeming Laestadian Lutheran Church with Dan Rintamaki officiating. Henry’s sons will serve as pallbearers. The family will greet relatives and friends for one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday, and also at a luncheon at the church immediately following services.

The Illikainen family extends a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Grossman, UP Home Health and Hospice and the Marquette Co. Medical Care Facility for the compassionate care provided for Henry.

Mr. Illikainen’s memorial page may be viewed at koskeyfuneralhome.com
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, August 21st, 2019 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Wednesday, August 21st, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Ishpeming Laestadian Lutheran Church
    567 Washington St.
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  • Service

    Wednesday, August 21st, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Wednesday, August 21st, 2019 12:00pm
    Ishpeming Laestadian Lutheran Church
    567 Washington St.
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Janis LaFreniere

Posted at 07:47pm
I am so sorry to hear of Henry's passing. It was just a short time ago I saw him while my dad was going through rehabilitation at MCMCF. When I first saw Henry there, he smiled at me and asked how I was doing. He remembered me from Walmart. We had a very nice talk and I continued to see him for the next few weeks while he wandered the halls. I'll never forget his wit and sense of humor when he worked at Walmart also. God's Peace to you Ann and your loving family. Never forget his smile.... Janis LaFreniere


Posted at 12:45pm
I was so saddened to hear of Henry's passing
My Father in Law has been in MCMCF for almost 2 years now and over that time we have got
to meet quite a few people there and some of them just click with you.
Henry was one of those, he always had a smile for us and a story and he was really friendly with my
husband, now seeing what a large family he has I'm sure he reminded him of one of his sons. He was
a regular at the dinner table with my FIL so I will certainly miss seeing him there
I am so happy to have known Henry and will certainly miss his smiling face at dinner.

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