Thomas Erkkila, Class of 1982
Thomas Erkkila was born August 5, 1964 and passed away after complications from cancer on September 22, 2016 at Hillcrest Hospital. He was a retired Water Treatment Engineer for the Lake County Department of Utilities where he worked for over 30 years. In his retirement, Thomas worked at Home Depot as an electrical and lumber specialist. He was born and raised in North Perry where he lived the majority of his life. A graduate of Perry High School in 1982, his hobbies included fishing, playing with his wife's cats, and watching ESPN. Thomas is survived by his wife of 31 years, Lydia Cicero Erkkila (Class of 1982) and their daughter, Erica Eileen Cicero-Erkkila (Class of 2010). He is also survived by his father, Herbert Erkkila (Patricia Rowland); his mother-in-law, Mary Eileen Cicero; brothers and sisters-in-law, Eileen Cicero, James Cicero (Sherri), Mark Cicero, Sr., Mary Patriarca, and Betty Erkkila, and Susan Erkkila; nieces and nephews, Cassy Cicero, James Cicero, Mark Cicero Jr., Ryan Patriarca, Matthew Erkkila (Monica), Michael Erkkila (Renee), Heather (Marcus) Petersen, Mark Erkkila (Jerrica), Isaac Erkkila, and Nicole Erkkila. He was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia Erkkila, and his brothers, David (Class of 1978) and Mark Erkkila (Class of 1980).