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PAAVO HAMALAINEN

Paavo Hamalainen died June 15 while on a Father’s Day outing in Grass Valley. He was 86.

Private services will be held.

Mr. Hamalainen was born March 6, 1922, in Rantasalmi, Finland, to Uuno Eero Hamalainen and Hanna Brunou Hamalainen. He graduated from business school. He served as a 1st sergeant in the Finnish Army from 1941 to 1944 and was wounded in the Finnish-Russian War. He trained for the Olympics in ski jumping and swimming, but his participation was interrupted by the war and his subsequent injury. He married Annikki Outinen on June 23, 1946, in Lahti, Finland.



Mr. Hamalainen worked as an operations manager at Francon Ltd. in Canada and was a broker and owner of Rubicon Real Estate in California until retirement. He and his wife spent time in Texas before setting in Grass Valley. He was a member of the Finnish Wounded Vets Association and the Finnish Club. He enjoyed travel, woodworking, stamp collecting, and jigsaw puzzling.

Mr. Hamalainen is survived by his daughter, Mari Hamalainen of Nevada City; daughter and son-in-law, Sirkku and Gary Pfleiger of Colleyville, Texas; sisters-in-law Tuulikki Kujala of Nevada City and Irma Malkavaara of Lahti, Finland; nephew and niece-in-law, Kimmo and Colleen Kujala of Woodland; niece and nephew-in-law, Marika and Ian Brooks of Grass Valley, and numerous nieces and nephews in Finland.




He was preceded in death by his wife, Annikki Hamalainen.

Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary in Grass Valley.


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