Douglas Pykonen, 89, passed away peacefully at Tri-Point Medical Center in Concord Township, Ohio on June 11th, 2020. He was born June 21, 1930 in Bessemer, Pennsylvania.
Douglas was preceded in death by parents John and Helen Turja Pykonen; brother Gary “Garth” Pykonen, sister Carol Pykonen Herendeen, sister in law Gloria Hemming Gurbach, brother in law Elmer Gurbach and niece Michelle Herendeen Evans.
He is survived and loved by his wife, Joanne Hemming Pykonen; son, Douglas “Dougie” Pykonen; nephews David Gurbach, Drew Gurbach, Mark Herendeen and Kevin Herendeen; and cousin, Susan Clary.
Douglas, retired from Avery Dennison (Fasson) after 27 years, was a devoted father and husband and lifelong resident of Painesville Ohio. Douglas loved taking his dog “Ringo” on walks around Painesville’s Kiwanis Recreation Park. He was a standout basketball and baseball player at Harvey High School where he graduated in 1948 and then went on to play “A” baseball in the early 1950’s. In the 1960’s and 1970’s Douglas could be found playing both fast pitch and slow pitch softball in Recreation Park. His favorite professional sports teams were the Kansas City Royals and the Cleveland Indians, in that order! In addition, Douglas and Joanne loved to dance on the weekends at the Painesville Twp. Park Dance Hall.
A memorial service for Douglas will be held at 3:00 PM on Sunday, June 21, 2020 at Spear Mulqueeny Funeral Home, 667 Mentor Avenue, Painesville. Friends will be received from 2:00-3:00 PM before the service at the funeral home. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery.
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