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Ole Michael Pynnonen

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Ole Michael Pynnonen, 87 passed away on Thursday, July 28, 2016. Born in Grayling Michigan on October 31, 1928, son of Jonas and Aina Pynnonen, the last of eight children.

After graduating from Atlanta High School Ole joined the United States Army. He served with the 24th Signal Company in Japan and was honorably discharged in November of 1947. Upon returning from the war, Ole enrolled at Michigan State University. After enrolling, he married his high school sweetheart Betty Mowery on September 3, 1951. Later, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and went on to teach Agriculture at Shelby High School in Michigan. He was a well-loved teacher who had direct impact on his students and lead outdoor ed. trips to Canada for students upon graduation. After teaching, Ole worked for the Michigan State Apple Commission as a liaison between apple famers and local businesses. During this time Ole taught himself Upholstery and used the income to take vacations to Aspen, Colorado. Around 1973 the family decided that vacations in Aspen were not enough so they moved to Colorado and started a local business, Aspen Upholstery.

Ole was a passionate skier and outdoorsman. Once, when asked what his favorite run on Aspen Mountain was, he was quoted as saying “The Jerome Run.” Ole never missed a hunting season and always had a “license to fish.” He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather with a wacky sense of humor and fun filled life.

He is survived by his wife Betty, daughter Jil, granddaughter Desiree Pimentel, great-grandson Carter Pimentel and many loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his son Jere and granddaughter Ashley.

There will be a private dinner with immediate family in remembrance of Ole Pynnonen and in celebration of his life.


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