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Jacob 'Jake' William Laitala

TROUT CREEK, Mich. — Jacob “Jake” William Laitala, 73, passed away on Oct. 5, 2020, at his home in Trout Creek.

Jake was born in Ontonagon to Pearl and Emil Laitala on Oct. 15, 1946. He went to school at Trout Creek and married Peggy Yaunke on Aug. 27, 1981, in Paynesville. He worked as a farmer for most of his life and was an avid outdoorsman. He was a veteran of the Vietnam war and served as military police in the U.S. Army.

Jake is survived by his wife, Peggy; his three children, Shana Maki, Wayne (Jennifer) Laitala and Nikki Laitala; his brother, James Laitala; his two grandchildren, Grace and Connor Laitala; and other extended family.

Jake was preceded in death by his mother and father; his older brother, John Laitala; and older sister, Marie Davis.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. EDT on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, at the American Legion Post 494 in Trout Creek, followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. at the American Legion Post.

Arrangements are by the Cane Funeral Home.

Jake’s family would like to extend their sincere thanks to all of Jake’s doctors and nurses, with special thanks going to his home health care nurses Hillary Stites and Rachel Hamm-Negro.

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