Ryan W. Hakkinen (1983 - 2015)

  • "Dan and Anita, I recently heard of Ryan's passing from..."
    - Dana Mayerle
  • "Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family."
    - Dean Tinjum
  • "Dear Anita, Dan and Andi...we just saw the notice of your..."
    - Janice& Delano Thoreson
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    - Annie Seaberg

Ryan W. Hakkinen, 32, died unexpectedly at his home in Soldotna, Alaska, on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. He was born to Dan and Anita Hakkinen at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna on Jan. 7, 1983. He attended Soldotna and Service High Schools, graduating in 2001. Ryan was an outgoing and energetic young boy who loved sports. He enjoyed skiing, snowboarding and playing baseball. His true passion was skating, playing hockey from age 4 through high school, then as a young adult playing Junior League Hockey in Fairbanks, Alaska. He worked as an apprentice electrician and a welder. His biggest love was spending summers commercial fishing with his dad in Cook Inlet. If he'd had his way, summers would have lasted all year long! Ryan loved music, playing the guitar and writing. He cherished time with family and friends, who appreciated his quick wit and generous ways. He was a natural at making people laugh! Ryan is survived by his parents, Dan and Anita Hakkinen; and his sister, Andi; and uncles, David (Marilee) Hakkinen, Brian (Yvonne) Hakkinen, Dave Grove, Dan Grove, Dale (Gina) Grove, Alana (Kurt) Haider and Darren (Lori) Grove; and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Waino and Lillian Hakkinen; and maternal grandfather, Lyle Grove. Visitation will be held at Peninsula Memorial Chapel on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Funeral service will be held at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Kenai, Alaska, on Friday, Feb. 6, at 4 p.m., followed by a reception at the church. Donations in his memory may be made to gofundme.com/labqk8 for permanent memorials at Soldotna Creek Park and the Soldotna Sports Center.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Feb. 5, 2015