Ian Haapalainen

March 17, 1988 ‒ July 26, 2019

Mansfield, Ohio

Ian Henry Haapalainen, Child of God, died unexpectedly at home on July 26th.

Ian was born on St. Patrick’s day of 1988 in South Bend, Indiana and after graduating from High School, attended Purdue University. Last year he attended North Central College, finishing both semesters with a 4.0 GPA. Ian is survived by his parents Bruce and Jeanie and brothers Dylan and Jordan, as well as friends and many, many others whose lives he touched.

Ian was a kind and accepting person with a very generous heart. He was passionate about nature and loved all of God’s creatures. He was very well read – a philosopher and ardent student of all faith traditions. Ian loved music and had committed hundreds of song lyrics to memory. He loved movies as well, especially anything by Quentin Tarantino. Ian had a wicked sense of humor, sometimes to the chagrin of his parents.

On August 10th at 11 a.m. there will be a brief memorial service at First Congregational Church in Mansfield. The service will be conducted by Rev. Kevin Horrigan, Rev. Carol Kautz and Rev. Ron Kline giving thanks for Ian’s life and followed by a celebration in Blymyer Hall. Attendees are asked to wear colorful, casual clothes. Memorials for Ian may be sent to the church, designated to the Youth Program Ian loved and taught in. Other memorials might include hugging a loved one for an extra long period of time or sharing a smile with a stranger.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve the Haapalainen family and encourage you to leave them a message or share a memory of Ian at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • Bruce, Jeanie and family, Gere and I are deeply saddened at the loss of your son.
    We can’t imagine how deep is your sorrow but are praying that the Holy Spirit will bring comfort and peace to your family. Blake Sr. and Gere

  • I am so sorry jeannie and Bruce to hear about ian…..our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  • Ian was my cousin & friend. Him & I shared some special moments in time. He made me laugh and taught me many things. He was so wise. I loved talking to him because I always learned something new or was opened up to a new way of thinking. Ian I am sorry I wasn’t a better friend to you. I should of been there for you. I wish I would have taken the time out of my life to reach out to you more. You were always willing to talk and I regret not seizing those opportunities. You were such a special person. The kind of person I enjoy being around. I am sorry I didn’t tell you this when I had a chance. I love you Ian. You will not be forgotten.

  • Bruce, Jeanie and Family,

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your son Ian. A loss that, as a parent, is so hard to imagine. I just wanted to let you know I am thinking of you. May the many memories Ian’s life carry you through. God Bless.

  • Words seem so small for such a great loss! Sending all of you tons of love and prayers! ♥️ Marilyn

  • Dear Bruce and Jeanie
    Our profound sympathies to you and your family on the death of your son. We know that God’s ways are not man’s ways, but the order just doesn’t seem right.
    We never met Ian, but that doesn’t matter. You are in our prayers.

    Doug and Liz Trembath
    4584 River St
    Sears, MI 49679