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Ernest E. "Bulla" Leikala, age 89 of Fairport Harbor, died Saturday December 30, 2017 at Lake West Medical Center, Willoughby surrounded by his family. He was born August 23, 1928 in Fairport Harbor, OH.
Ernie was a 1947 graduate of FHS, joined the Air Force and then was a truck driver for over 60 years. Ernie was a member of the Masonic Temple and an active member of his church. He enjoyed golfing, attending his grandchildren's sporting events and traveling with his wife and family. They were able to see most of the US, but he had a special love for Michigan's UP.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years: Evelyn E. (Alanen) Leikala, children: Douglas (Deborah) Leikala, Heidi (Debbie Suba) Bodi, daughter in law: Carol Leikala, grandchildren: Justin (Brenda) Leikala, Josh & Engla Leikala, Andy & Lauren Bodi, great-grandchildren: Jared & Juliana and sister: Mildred Sarkkinen.
Preceding Ernest in death are his son: Dennis Leikala, father: Ernest A. Leikala, mother: Hilda (John) Korpeinen, siblings: Helvie Mononen and Roland Leikala and most recently his little buddy, Max.
The family will receive friends from 10-11 am Thursday January 4, 2018 at Zion Lutheran Church, 508 Eagle St, Fairport Harbor, OH 44077.
A memorial service will be 11 am Thursday January 4, 2018 at the church with a luncheon immediately following.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, Memorial Fund, 508 Eagle St, Fairport Harbor, OH 44077.
Ernie will always be remembered for his kind heart, gentle soul and warm smile.
Arrangements entrusted to Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 8466 Mentor Ave., Mentor, OH. 44060.
Offer condolences at www.brunners.com.