Laurie O. Hyytinen
1924 - 2019
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April 17, 1924 ˜ October 14, 2019

Laurie O. Hyytinen, age 95, of Vancouver, WA, passed away on Oct. 14. He was born to Selma and Gust Hyytinen in Aitkin, MN, on April 17, 1924.
He graduated from Aitkin High School and became a country school teacher in Bain, MN, before moving to Rainier, OR, in 1948 to teach. In 1954, he married Helen Rengo and they made their life in Vancouver for 65 years. Laurie (Olavi) taught in Washougal and Park Rose, OR, for 40 years.
He is survived by his wife, Helen; son, Jon (Shelley); granddaughters, Anna (Ryan) Hyytinen-Hamilton, Eeva (Nate) Hyytinen-Pukal; and brother, Donald (Lois) Hyytinen; sister-in-law, Marcia Hyytinen; and a host of brothers and sisters in faith.
Services will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct 29th, at the Independent Apostolic Lutheran Church, 14000 129th Ave N., Dayton, MN 55327 with visitation starting at 10 a.m. and lunch to follow the service.
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Published in The Columbian on Oct. 20, 2019.
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October 30, 2019
Strange to think of him as passing because he has always been such a part of my past. Mr. Hyytinen was my 5th and 6th grade teacher at Russell Elementary in Parkrose. He could be demanding but he was always fair. Somehow, in a sea of students, he managed to make individuals feel special and unique. He is the first teacher I really respected and felt made an impact on me. Like a foundation of a house, he is just a rock solid part of my memories and growing up. I am always thankful and think of him often. I can only hope to make an impact the way he did on lots of us. I got pretty lucky to be influenced by a great person like him.
Alan Harper
October 23, 2019
I taught next door to Laurie at Knott School when I first came to Parkrose. Not only was I impressed with his teaching skills, but also his great warmth, character and hospitality, traits shared by his wonderful wife, Helen.
Our families became friends, strengthened over the years by visits, (even once in MN and also Eastern OR), introduction to the sauna, and always freshly brewed coffee with home baked treat when meeting in their beautiful Hazeldell home.
Condolences to you, Helen, Jon and family. Our lives were enriched by your friendship.
Martha Hug
October 23, 2019
Laurie Hyytinen was my son's 5th and 6th grade teacher at Russell Elementary. I was newly single and it was reassuring to me that Mr. Hyytinen would know if my son was struggling with the change that second year. Laurie was a good teacher...for students and for their parents.
Carol Brandon
October 23, 2019
My utmost condolences to Helen and John. I lived in the condo across the street in Hazel Dell. You folks were the very first neighbors I had here in Washington. I met the family when you had the little sheltie that patrolled your beautiful yard, at your beautiful house. Ollie saved me when I left my passport and tickets in my safe for my Australia trip in '85. I was in LA ready to leave and he was kind enough to get the tix and expedite them to me over nite. He would not let me repay him. Being from Minnesota he got quite a chuckle when I took John to a hockey game in Portland and it snowed and we had to put on tire chains. I believe John was my paperboy at the time, he might remember. I remember everybody very fondly and I'm glad he led a full life. He was a most gracious gentleman. My best to Helen and John and your families. With great admiration, your friend always, Rich House.
rich house
October 22, 2019
Laurie was a teacher who was admired by his peers and loved by his students. To this day, our daughter Cathy still says, "Mr. Hyytinen was my favorite teacher", and that was 37 years ago! God's peace to Helen and all his family.
Florence Lersch
October 22, 2019
Laurie and I taught next door to each other in Parkrose for several years. He was the single most organized person I've ever met. He had strong standards for himself and his students. He loved and shared his Finnish heritage, Helen, and was-so very proud of Jon.
I enjoyed being his friend.
Lil Hosman
October 22, 2019
Rest in Peace, Laurie. I am grateful that you were part of my life at Russell School in Parkrose. I learned so much from you.
Margaret Retz
October 22, 2019
I look forward to seeing you on the other side: in the clouds with the Lord, when you will be among the first to get your new heavenly body. But as for now, you leave a hole in my heart that no one else can fill. You were as an uncle to me from my birth. And what a kind, warm, cheerful, encouraging, and Godly uncle you were. My comfort is knowing that I well see you in eternity. Thank-you, Ollie, for what you mean to me my family.----With love, Jerry Dinkelocker (Denlocker).
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October 22, 2019
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October 21, 2019
A Fond Farewell to Ollie

Our very dear friend Ollie Hyytinen entered heavens gates a few days ago. Although Ollie was not related to us by blood he became a very cherished family member. We so appreciated his love and support. Our children adored Ollie and he them.

During the 1940's Ollie taught at Rainier Elementary School in Rainier Oregon along with my husband Earl Dinkelocker. They were both hired at the same time and became devoted friends for the rest of their lives.

Ollie came from a strong Scandinavian background, raised in Minnesota Ollie was very proud of his Finnish heritage. We will miss his beautiful smile, his songs and stories. Ollie was a devoted Christian and never tired witnessing to people about Jesus transforming power.

Ollie was married to his beautiful wife Helen and they raised one son named Jon. If we could guess what Ollie is doing right now in heaven he would have a big jar of my homemade dill pickles next to him eating one after the other and handing out samples to the angels as they pass by.
Pauline Dinkelocker
October 21, 2019
Laurie (we always called him Ollie) was our near and dear neighbor and friend. He always dressed handsomely even when gardening and caring for his beautiful roses. We enjoyed his gracious company, and he was so proud of his family. His work on earth is finally completed.
Best wishes to Helen who provided wonderful and loving care for Ollie. We think of both of you often.

Jennifer and Renee, Vancouver WA friends & neighbors.
Jennifer Peterson
October 21, 2019
Dear Helen, We are so sorry for your loss but we know he is in Heaven. He always had a way to make you laugh and his stories were enjoyed by all. God Bless You and may He watch over you always.
Jess and Jeanne Exton
October 20, 2019
Ollie was a true man of God. Very kind and so willing to help in anyway he could. I look forward to seeing you soon Ollie when the RAPTURE takes place and we attend the marriage supper of the Lamb of God. On that great and glorious day when Jesus Christ calls His Bride home. WHAT A DAY THAT WILL BE!! God bless you my friend.
Philip Dinkelocker
philip Dinkelocker
October 20, 2019
I had Mr. Hyytinen in 7th and 8th grade at Gause School in Washougal. I will remember the many hours we would dissect a sentence in English class. We got very good at it after two years in his class!
We had one boy in our 8th grade class who could barely read and Mr. Hyytinen took him under his wing and worked with him that year.
A very kind and caring person and the best teacher in all of my school years.
Judy Hammock
October 20, 2019
I knew Laurie from Lake Shore Athletic Club. His friendliness, smiling face and exercise regimen was an inspiration to me. A very nice person. So sorry for your loss Helen. Ted Anderson
October 20, 2019
I will miss our long and meaningful conversations, He was a great friend!
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