Surviving family are four sons, Edwin (Jackie), Larry (Sharon), Robert (Sandra), all of Charlotte, and Philip (Janice) of Jackson; and daughter, Sharon (Ardon) Cronk of Charlotte. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to Maple Hill Cemetery or the First Congregational Church.
Funeral services were held April 23 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. His great joy was watching football games and game shows. In 1946 he opened his family practice in Portland, and in 1980 he received a Distinguished Citizen’s Award from the Portland VFW Post 4090. Doris was born March 13, 1903 in Fremont, IN, the daughter of Laucious and Geneva (Huss) Cowell.She was a 1969 graduate of Marenisco (Mich.) High School, was a graduate of Gogebic Community College and attended Northern Michigan University. Surviving are her husband of 31 years, Dick Aapala; two sons, Aaron (Katelyn) Aapala and Jason Aapala, both of Charlotte; her father, Clarence Syskey of Marenisco; four siblings, Gary Ryskey of Marenisco, Gloria (Mike) Keast of Orleans, Gwen (Mark) Piotrowski of Marenisco and Greg (Jessie) Ryskey of Marenisco; brother-in-law, Hank (Susan) Aapala of Wakefield; sister-in-law, Tuula (Dave) Cordy of Cedar River; mother-in-law, Maila Aapala of Marenisco; special friends, Elaine and Ben Thompson of Eaton Rapids; and several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her mother, Sylvia Ryskey, in August 2003.Gail Aapala Gail Aapala, 52, of Charlotte, passed away Wednesday, July 28, 2004 after a battle with cancer, at her home surrounded by her family. She was a member of Peace Luthern Church and the Charlotte Athletic Boosters.Gail was born in Wakefield, the daughter of Clarence and Sylvia (Polley) Ryskey and had been a Charlotte resident since 1975. She will be remembered by those close to her as a strong, loving and caring person who touched many lives.