John E. Lakkola

July 04, 1939 ‒ May 30, 2011

Mansfield, Ohio

Obituary for Wednesday, June 1, 2011

John E. Lakkola

MANSFIELD: John E. Lakkola, age 71, of Mansfield passed away Monday morning May 30, 2011 in his home.

Destined to be a patriot, John was born July 4, 1939 in Cleveland to John Elmer and Wilma (Pekar) Lakkola.

John worked for General Motors as a tool and die maker. He began his career in Elyria and was transferred to the Mansfield shop in 1989. John retired from GM just three years ago with 34 years of faithful service.

John served over six years in the Army National Guard. His home base was with the How Btry 1/107th Armed Calvary in Lakewood, Ohio. During his time he was awarded Expert Rifleman.

He remained active in several military associations including the Veterans of Foreign Wars 3494 and 9943 both of Mansfield, and AMVETS 031 Mansfield.

On October 30, 1971 he married LaVerne “Bernie” Wamsley with whom he celebrated nearly 40 years marriage. As “soul mates” the two were always together. They enjoyed dancing, and rarely can you find a photo where John was not showing his adoration and affection for his Bernie.

John was very social and belonged to the Sons of Herman, Moose Lodge 341, the Fraternal Order of Eagles 336, Mansfield, and the Order of the Owls.

Also athletic, John enjoyed golf, scuba diving, water skiing, and snow skiing. In his younger years he also loved coupe car racing. John was a faithful fan of his Cleveland Browns and Indians.

Kind and sincere, John was loved by everyone who knew him. He had a soft spot in his heart for animals most of all Mr. Wiggles his dog and Barney his cat.

He is survived by his devoted wife LaVerne Lakkola of Mansfield, a sister and brother-in-law Shirley and “Pete” Sardiga of Parma, and two nephews Nick and Paul Sardiga, and countless friends.

Friends may call Thursday evening, June 2, 2011 from 4-7 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A brief military committal service will follow with military honors conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail. Private interment will be in Mansfield Cemetery.

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