Allan E. Wakkuri
GWINN – Allan E. Wakkuri, 82, passed away unexpectedly early Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.
Allan was born in Palmer, the son of Gust Wakkuri and Anna Arbelius (Hendrickson). He was preceded in death by parents and his siblings Lila Goldsworthy, Walfred Arbelius, Leo (Alice) Arbelius, Lameo (Amelia) Wakkuri.
Allan graduated from Negaunee High School in 1948. He married Alice Lane in Little Lake on Sept. 22, 1950, and settled in Gwinn. They have three children: Steve (Kelly) Wakkuri, Tim (Sue) Wakkuri in Gwinn and Gene (Sherri) Wakkuri in Richmond, Virginia. They also have numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
While working at the Cambria mine, Allan educated himself as a surveyor in his spare time which led to a job at CCI where he helped connect the Mather A and B underground mines. Later he laid out roads at the former K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base.
His desire to be his own boss led him into the sales business where he eventually became an independent investment broker. He built and sold a successful client base after 30 years of service in Marquette, Delta and Dickenson counties. At that point, he became semi-retired and built a new client base, which he was still serving, at the time of his death, with over 40 years of investment experience.
Allan is well known for his sporting achievements. While still in high school he was a successful starting pitcher for the Palmer men’s fast pitch softball team. He went on to pitch no-hit games as a member of the Class A CCI Engineer’s team that had an undefeated season and won several district titles in the 1950s. Allan also was an avid golfer and bowler. He earned many awards in both sports, but his most notable achievements were scoring two hole in ones on hole 14 at the Gladstone Country club 20 days apart and tying the Gladstone nine hole scoring record, at the time, with a 31 on his way to a 65 18-hole score.
Allan will be missed by many people.
A memorial service will be held at the Gwinn United Methodist Church at 12 Noon on Friday, Feb. 15, with Rev. Geri Hamlen officiating. A luncheon will follow the service in the church hall. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service in the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Gwinn United Methodist Church Memorial Fund in Allan’s name.
The Canale-Gwinn Funeral Home is assisting the family where memories may be shared at www.canalefuneral.com