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Robert R. Pekkanen
  • Passed away on August 25, 2021

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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.


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  1. Camille and John Mentzer says:
    02 Sep 2021
    Thinking of you!!!

  2. Gary & Karen lit a candle:
    30 Aug 2021
    Lit since August 30, 2021 at 8:28:48 PM

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    28 Aug 2021
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  5. Dave and Bobbie Meyers says:
    28 Aug 2021
    The world has lost a great man. Bob was so caring and kind, always thinking of how he could help you. He will always be remembered for his delicious pies. Rest In Peace my my dear friend.

  6. DAVID CHRISTEIN says:
    27 Aug 2021
    Bob was one of my closest friends and fraternity brother. We both worked at Packard Electric over the summers while we were at Case and then for 10 years before I left General Motors. Our families both lived in Cortland OH where Bob and I both were members of the JC's where we spent many long Thursday nights playing poker. My wife Janet and I also played bridge regularly with Bob & Karen. We were on the same golf and softball teams and played a lot of basketball together. Our families went on vacations together and on several cruises with fraternity brothers and their wives. After also moving to St. Petersburg, FL we were able to visit together in both the Villages and in St. Pete. Bob was a wonderful and caring husband, father and friend and he will be missed. Phi Alpha, David Christein

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