Thomas HyypioAge: 74 years19282003

Thomas Hyypio
Given names
Birth August 13, 1928 34
Death of a maternal grandfatherTopias Rodionoff
October 5, 1941 (Age 13 years)
Death of a maternal grandmotherMargarette Savela
May 22, 1954 (Age 25 years)
Religious marriageNorma Nygard View this family
1956 (Age 27 years)

Death of a motherOlga Peterson
October 10, 1973 (Age 45 years) Age: 79
Cause: heart failure
Death of a brotherJohn Arnold Hyypio
May 28, 1996 (Age 67 years)

Death of a wifeNorma Nygard
before 2003 (Age 74 years)

Death of a fatherAnselm Hyypio
before 2003 (Age 74 years)

Death February 11, 2003 (Age 74 years)
Family with parents - View this family
elder brother
21 months
elder brother
3 years
elder brother
-7 years
elder brother
Family with Norma Nygard - View this family
Marriage: 1956

Obituary in Daily Mining Gazette (Nov 1st, 2003) Thomas H. Hypio PALM SPRINGS, Fla. — Thomas H. Hypio, died as a result of a boating accident on February 11, 2003 in the Atlantic Ocean near his winter home in Palm Springs, Fla. The boat he was fishing on developed engine trouble. Tom was working on the engine when an explosion and fire ensued. Efforts failed to revive him. He was born August 13, 1928, son of John Anselm and Olga (Peterson) Hyypio, at Otter Lake, Tapiola. Tom was the third generation of the first settlers at Otter Lake and grew up on what was to be the first Centennial Farm in Houghton County settled by Peter H. Hyypio in 1890. He attended and graduated from the John A. Doelle High School in Tapiola. He served in the Air Force from 1947-1949 as an Instrument Specialist and Instructor. Upon discharge, he was employed by John F. Ivory Moving Company as a truck driver. His love of aviation led him to work for American Airlines beginning as a mechanic and working his way to Flight Engineer on the DC-10. He retired from American after 32 years of service. Tom’s flying career led him to meet many notable people. On one occasion, he met Joe Louis who was retired from professional boxing. They shook hands and Joe commented, “If I had your mitts, I’d still be the champ!” Tom was also a light aircraft pilot and spent much of his time restoring aircraft, one of which once belonged to the Michigan Tech Flying Club. He was a mentor for several young people, sparking their interest in aviation careers. In addition, Tom had a love for nature, spending much time feeding and watching birds. He was an avid dog lover, fisherman and hunter. His home on the Huron River in Hamburg, Mich. was a sanctuary for all wildlife. In 1956, Tom married Norma Nygard who preceded him in death in 1983. He was also preceded in death by his mother and father; and brother, John. He is survived by brothers, Peter, Karl “Matt” and wife Evelyn, Paul and wife, Chris; sisters, Rachel Grapentine, Greta Breyer and husband, Dick, Ida “Edie” and husband, Stan Michaelson. He is also survived by his close friends, Joanne Heiler and Mark and Dana Johnson, along with many nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held for him in Lake Worth and attended by family and friends in Florida. A graveside service will be held in Ypsilanti, Mich. in the spring and his cremains will be buried next to Norma.