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Jan. 12, 1941—Feb. 27, 2016 John David Kinnunen, 75, passed away Feb. 27, 2016, in Cookeville, TN. He was born in Detroit, MI, Jan. 12, 1941. He attended Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI, and the University of Detroit. He married Fran Spencer in Waterford, MI, June 27, 1970, and she survives with one uncle, William Kinnunen. In his younger days, John was a life guard at Oakland Hills Golf Club where he learned to play golf from the left-handed golf pro, causing him to play left-handed as well. John was CEO and owner of a interior decorating and floor covering retail business for 20 years in Michigan. He retired and moved to Fairfield Glade in 1994 where he became a real estate associate with Hughes Real Estate and retired from Berkshire Hathaway Realty. He was a member of the Tennessee Association of Realtors. John’s prime goal in life was to serve or help his family, friends and citizens of his community. He never met a stranger. He was appointed the Fairfield Glade Club AAC manager/inspector for four years after which he was elected to the Cumberland County Commission, representing District 9, serving in his fourth year at the time of his death. John was an Eagle Scout and had a life long involvement with Boy Scouts of America both in Michigan and Tennessee. For 20 years, both he with his wife volunteered at Cumberland County Playhouse, serving as house manager. In July 2006, he joined the Fairfield Glade Rotary Club. His avocations were fly fishing and golf. He and his wife were co-captains of many golf tournaments at Fairfield Glade. John loved the game of golf and was a golf cart attendee and for several years was a starter at the Dorchester Golf course. John expressed his loyalty to family and friends wherever he lived. An open house will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 1, at the Fairfield Glade Community and Convention Center, hosted by the Cumberland County Commission. Interment will follow in White Chapel Memorial Park, Troy, MI, at a later date. Those desiring may make contribution to The Finnish Center, 35200 W. Eight Mile Rd., Farmington Hill, MI 48335 or The Cumberland County Playhouse. Arrangements were completed by Hood Funeral Home and Crematory, LLC.
Published on  March 28, 2016
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