Robert R. Pekkanen of The Villages, FL entered eternal rest on August 25, 2021.
Born June 30, 1949 in New Castle PA, the middle son of the late William and Jennie (Marttala) Pekkanen, he lived most of his life in Ohio. Bob graduated from Springfield Local High School in New Middletown, OH and Case Tech University in Cleveland, OH. While at Case Bob was a member of the Case Rough Riders basketball team as well as the SAE national fraternity. Upon graduation Bob moved to Cortland, OH and worked at Delphi Packard Electric in Warren, OH where he retired as a general supervisor in 1999. In Ohio Bob enjoyed playing golf, supporting his children’s activities, and spending time with family and friends. Bob and Karen moved to The Villages in 2013 where Bob enjoyed bowling, golfing with friends, and especially the many opportunities to play Texas hold’em poker.
Left behind to cherish his memory are his wife Karen (Cooney) Pekkanen, son Douglas (Mindy) Pekkanen of Marietta, GA, daughter Julie (Bradley) Yanko of Chardon, OH and his granddaughters Allison and Kelly Pekkanen and Cecelia and Sofia Yanko. Bob also leaves his brothers William (Marilyn) Pekkanen and Ronald Pekkanen of Ohio. Preceding Bob in death are his parents and infant son Geoffrie.
Funeral services for Bob will be held at a later date at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church in Cortland OH. A local social gathering in Bob’s honor will be held at Sammy’s Italian Restaurant on route 301 in Wildwood, FL on September 4 from 2-4 pm.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Bob’s honor to the Parkinson’s support group InMotion(be inmotion.org) or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Center.