Howard H. Ylinen

MARQUETTE, MI. – Howard H. Ylinen, age 91, of 2163 Montgomery Street, Marquette, entered eternal life Saturday evening, August 31, 2013, at the Norlite Nursing Center.

Born February 6, 1922 in Chatham, a son of John H. and Ellen (Ihamaki) Ylinen, Howard was raised in Chatham. He attended school up to the 8th grade when he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), working in the camps near Munising and Seney. It was during this time he met his future wife, Eleanor Nesberg.

He enlisted in the US Navy, serving in the North Atlantic during World War II as cook aboard an oil tanker that, at one point, was torpedoed.

Following his honorable discharge, Howard moved to Norman, Oklahoma, where he married Eleanor in 1945, and where his only child, Howard, was born. He later spent time in Detroit working in the auto industry. However, this was short lived and he moved back to Chatham, working as a baker with Our Own Bakeries (Bunny Bread) in Marquette.

The family eventually moved to Marquette so that son, Howard, could attend high school and college. Four years after his son graduated from high school, Howard decided to return to the classroom and earn his high school diploma. He studied hard, and at age 46, graduated, even giving the commencement address at his graduation ceremony.

In 1985, another milestone was reached as he retired from the bakery, following 33 years of service to the company. In his leisure, Howard enjoyed woodworking and fishing on Lake Superior. He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Marquette.

Howard is survived by his son, Howard and wife, Wendy, Ylinen and granddaughter, Angela Ylinen of Mount Morris; his friend and companion, Donna Berryman of Marquette; a sister, Evelyn Keskimaki of Gwinn.

In addition to his parents, Howard was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor; sisters, Lillian Fosmoe, Ruth Maki, and Shirley Gustafson; brothers, Leslie and Floyd Ylinen.

Honoring Howard’s request, no services will be scheduled. Interment will be made at Northland Chapel Gardens in Negaunee Township.

The Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at