Richard E. 'Dick' Pulkkinen


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Millinocket - Richard E. "Dick" Pulkkinen, 83, joined two of his sons in eternal peace Friday, September 14, 2018, with devoted family members by his side. He was born November 18, 1934, in South Livermore, to Arve and Evelyn (Clough) Pulkkinen.
He was a graduate of Island Falls High School, class of 1953. Dick was a lifetime member of Elks Lodge #1521, and was also a member of the Northern TimberCruisers Snowmobile Club, and the Hill Crest Golf Course. Dick was an independent trucker, and he greatly enjoyed spending time in his "pride and joy" Dodge Truck on the Golden Road.
In his retirement, he worked at the golf course. He was a devoted family man, and always put great thought into all of his decisions to be certain everyone would be the better for whatever choices he made. Dick was known to be a loyal and hardworking man, and in recent years when his health was failing him, his friends and neighbors stepped in and went above and beyond to care for him and keep him comfortable and as worry free as possible in his home. He felt loved and appreciated by his neighbors, friends, and family, and knew and appreciated all that was done for him.
Dick is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Barbara (Thorne) Pulkkinen; his children, Rebecca McLaughlin and her husband, Donald "Magoo", Karen and her husband Curtis Gaudet, Sr., Paul Pulkkinen and his wife, Gwen; a daughter in law, Tammy Pulkkinen; siblings, Elaine Meiser, Johanna Pulkkinen, Dan Pulkkinen and his wife, Pamela, and Walter Pulkkinen and his wife, Joanne; two sisters-in-law, Gail Pulkkinen and Winona Farquhar; grandchildren, Shawn Pulkkinen and his significant other, Aly Sanchez, Chase Pulkkinen, Cassandra Webber-Beal, Melissa, Curtis, Jr., and Angela Gaudet, David and Will McLaughlin, Amber McLaughlin, Chelsea Marley and her husband, Andrew, Dakota Vajdak, and Bobbie Jo Olexey; fifteen great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two sons, Barry Douglas Pulkkinen and Michael Elmo Pulkkinen; two brothers, John and David Pulkkinen; a sister, Marjorie Pulkkinen Carter and her husband, Harry, and a brother-in-law, Carl Meiser.
Friends are invited to visit with the family 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday, September 29, 2018, at the Lamson Funeral Home, 11 Tamarack Street, Millinocket, where an Elks memorial service and funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Bruce Siket officiating. A joint committal service for Dick and his son, Michael will be held at the Millinocket Cemetery immediately after the service. Gifts in memory of Dick may be sent to the Katahdin Area Support Group, P.O. Box 374, Millinocket, ME 04462. Messages of condolence may be expressed at
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