Nils Gordon Ruonavaara (1921-2009)

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Nils Gordon Ruonavaara
Nils Gordon Ruonavaara.jpg
Born: 9 Feb 1921 Ahmeek, Michigan
Died: 12 Aug 2009 Petoskey, Michigan
Father: Nils Altric Ruonavaara
Mother: Ida Leaura M. Norum
Siblings: Altric Ruonavaara
Rosalie M. Ruonavaara
Ida Ruonavaara
Herman Ruonavaara
Laurice L. Ruonavaara
Nils Gordon Ruonavaara
Kenneth Ruonavaara
Barbara Ruonavaara
Thelma Ruonavaara
Spouse: Lois Jane Corey
Married: 5 Nov 1960 Emmet Co. Michigan
Children: Joel Ruonavaara
Sarah Ruonavaara

Death Notice

Petoskey News-Review, Monday, August 17, 2009

Gordon Ruonavaara, 88

Gordon Ruonavaara, 88, of Harbor Springs, passed away Aug. 12, 2009, at Hiland Cottage in Petoskey.

A memorial service celebrating his life will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs.

A full obituary will follow tomorrow.

Arrangements are being handled by Stone Funeral Home, Petoskey.


Petoskey News-Review, Wednesday, 19 Aug 2009:

Nils Gordon Ruonavaara, 88

Nils Gordon Ruonavaara passed away on Aug. 12, 2009, at Hospice of Little Traverse Bay’s Hiland Cottage. He was 88 years old.

Gordon was born on Feb. 9, 1921, in Ahmeek, Mich. He grew up in Lansing, and graduated from Eastern High School.

Gordon possessed a passion for a broad array of subjects, and was an avid reader. He loved sports, film and technology, and continued to seek to learn more about himself and the world, even as his physical health declined.

Gordon loved music and was a gifted singer. It was this shared love of music that brought him together with his beloved wife, Lois Jane, when they met at a Christmas Eve service in Harbor Springs. They had been married for 47 years when she passed in May of 2008.

Gordon is survived by his son, Joel Ruonavaara, of Harbor Springs, and daughter, Sarah Stahl, of Syracuse, N.Y.; his sisters, Barbra Davison and Thelma Bauer; and two grandsons, Cody Stahl and Kian Gibson. Those who knew Gordon will remember his loving nature, his quick wit and his amazing memory. His wonderful caregivers at Hiland Cottage were serenaded on more than one occasion with wholehearted renditions of Gordon’s favorite tunes.

A memorial service took place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs.

The family asks donations be made in his memory to Hospice of Little Traverse Bay.

Memories of Gordon and condolences may be shared with his family online at where this obituary may also be viewed.


  • Marriage: Emmet County, Michigan, Vital Records Search, Marriages:
Ruonavaara, Nils Gordon & Corey, Lois Jane
Date of Marriage: 11/5/1960
Liber: 1960
Folio: 114
  • Death: Emmet County, Michigan, Vital Records Search, Deaths:
Date of Death: 8/12/2009
Liber: 2009
Folio: 289
Place of Death: Petoskey, Michigan
Ruonavaara, Nils Gordon
Age: 88
Born: 2/9/1921
Died: 8/12/2009
Burial: 0/0/0000
Cemetery: Unknown
Obituary: on file - PNR 08/19/2009