Erick Antero Selin

ROCK – Erick Antero Selin, 74, of 15006 Autumn Lane, Rock, passed away Thursday, May 2, 2013, at home of natural causes.

Erick was born May 14, 1938, in Kuhmalati, Finland, the son of Aarno Olavi Blastedt and Elsie Elina Selin. He was raised in Finland until age 6 when his family immigrated to the U.S. Erick served in the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1958. Upon his honorable discharge in 1958 he returned to Rock and worked in woods as a piecemaker. His woods working career included working in the Western states, Alaska and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

He enjoyed listening to classical music, taking saunas and telling tales of his travels when he was younger.

Survivors include: son, Eero Kanerva of Fort Collins, Colo.; brother, Olavi Blastedt of Payala, Finland; half brother, Hannu Rantala of Tampere, Finland.

In addition to his parents, Erick was preceded in death by his adoptive parents, John Selin and Vivian Peietila, and a brother, Aarno Juhani.

Military rites conducted by the Rock American Legion will be held on Friday, May 24, at 3 p.m. at the Rock Cemetery in Rock. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Gladstone and Escanaba are assisting the Selin family. Please visit www.skradskifuneralhomes.com where you can express your sympathy to the Selin family.