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Obituary for Eric Ewalt Pekkola

Eric Pekkola, a longtime Yamhill County resident, died September 9, 2017 at Pacifica Care Facility in McMinnville. He was 98 years old.
Eric was the ninth of ten children born to Mary and Victor Pekkola who had moved to the United States from Finland via Ellis Island in 1902.
Eric was born October 3, 1918 in Kintyre, North Dakota and moved with his family to a 24 acre farm east of Carlton in 1920.
Eric graduated from Carlton High School with honors and then began farming the Pekkola farms with his Dad and brothers. Eric married Mary Kopplin-Pekkola in 1946. They were married 54 years before her passing in 2000.
In 1968 Eric and Mary moved to Lincoln City where they built and operated Coho Inn Motel, Nortic Inn Motel and Bay West Motel. They also built two condo projects in Lincoln City.
In 2001 Eric married Dorothy Kreder-Pekkola and they enjoyed many happy years together traveling to different countries.
Eric was a member of Dayton Baptist Church. He enjoyed gardening, traveling with Dorothy, hunting, and fishing in Mexico and Alaska, golf, bowling, spending time with friends and family and being active in the Masonic and Elks Lodges.
Eric is survived by his wife Dorothy Kreder-Pekkola, two sons, Dennis (Carol) and Steven (Marian), seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by sisters, Hilja, Helma, Ceclia, Elsia and Saima and brothers Vanio Victor, Vanio Arvi, Bill and Larry.
The family would like to offer special thanks to the staff of Pacifica Care Facility and Legacy Hospice, for their excellent care of Eric during his final months.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Chapel of Macy and Son. Memorial donations may be given to Dayton Food Bank Program c/o Macy and Son Funeral Directors.


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23

Sep

1:00 PM
Macy & Son Funeral Directors

135 NE Evans Street
McMinnville, OR 97128

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