SEAL RIVER — Ernest “Ernie” Richard Wirkkala, 96, of Rosburg died May 21, 2013, at his home in Seal River.

Born April 15, 1917, in Astoria, Ernest graduated from Naselle-Grays River Valley High School with the class of 1935.

He is survived by his brother, Edwin Wirkkala, of Rosburg, and by his children: Richard (Rebecca) Wirkkala of Red Wing, Minn., Gail (Richard) Heppner of Seal River, Rebecca Wirkkala of Wood Village, Ore.; Timothy Virkkala of Seal River; and Beth (Todd) Ardueser of Clackamas County, Ore.; grandchildren, Amy Down, Nate Heppner, Naomi Stamoolis, Ann Wirkkala, Jeremiah Loewen, Natalie Heppner, Temeka Wirkkala; eight great-grandchildren (with another on the way); and his wife’s one remaining brother, Ralph Koski, of Kalama, and youngest sister, Linda Reinkemeyer, of Troutdale.

Interment services were held, after a viewing, Saturday morning, May 25, at Seal River Cemetery. Arrangements were by Penttila’s Chapel by The Sea, Long Beach.

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