RIEKKI, John Werner 73 of Land O' Lakes, passed away Friday, June 6, 2014. He was born in Ishpeming, MI and moved to Florida from Muskegon, MI in 2001. John graduated from Negaunee High School in 1959. He played football and basketball throughout high school. John was a 1963 graduate from Northern Michigan University. In 1964, John and Sharon were married. He also enjoyed playing racquetball and was an avid golfer. He was an elementary school teacher
, and retired after 35 years. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sharon; son, Mark (Rachel); daughter, Julie (Titus Houston); sister, Carol (Harold St. Aubin); sister-in-law, Beverly (Ken Keyes); six grandchildren, Derric Patmon, Darin Patmon, Rebecca Riekki, Kyle Riekki, Maya Riekki-Houston, and Connor Riekki; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will take place at 7pm on Wednesday, June 11 at Loyless Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Donations made in John's memory to Lifepath Hospice.