HUBBARDSTON - Kenneth Paul Wiinikka,76, of Hubbardston passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Friday, September 9, 2022.
He was born in Worcester on March 24, 1946, a son of the late Wilio Wiinikka and Helmi (Yleva) Wiinikka.
Ken graduated from North High School in Worcester. He then served in the U.S. Army and is a veteran of the Vietnam War. Later, he worked as a Field Service Engineer for Digital Corporation for many years.
"Kenny" was a light-hearted and kind soul, who made everyone feel welcome. He spent many memorable moments with his family and friends at the beaches of Cape Cod and Maine. He loved the ocean and even more so if he caught a fish.
Ken and his wife Judi hosted many gatherings and fabulous festivities at their beautiful home in the woods. He was well known as the creator and lover of delicious foods. Ken loved golfing and socializing at the Double Par League at Quail Hollow. He adored his grandkids, he was their #1 fan, never missing a single game or event.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 48 years, Judi; two daughters; Beth Jaillet and her husband Tim; Robin Wiinikka and his son Jon Wiinikka; a brother Allan Wiinikka and wife Linda; sister-in-law Cynthia Kenney; four grandchildren, Joslyn, Sarah, Isak, and Isaiah; cousins and many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, September 15, 2022, from 9:15-11:15 am followed by a funeral service at 11:15 am at Mack Family Funeral Home, 105 Central Street, Gardner.
A burial with Military honors will proceed directly after the service at the Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery in Winchendon.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations in Kenneth's memory be made to Heywood Hospital, 250 Green St., Gardner, MA 01440. The family extends their deepest gratitude to the staff at Heywood Hospital for all the outstanding care given to Ken.
To leave an online condolence, please visit www.mackfamilyfh.com.
Mack Family Funeral Home, 105 Central St., Gardner, MA is assisting with arrangements.
Kevin J. Mack, Walter C. Taylor, and Douglas M. Stone, funeral directors.