Kenneth Albert Sauvola, 75, of Rindge, NH, died peacefully early Thursday morning, July 29, 2021, after a period of failing health. He was surrounded by loved ones in the comfort of his home.
He was born in Hancock, MI, on October 4,1945, son of the late Arthur A. and Fannie Mabel (Niemi) Sauvola. He was a 1963 graduate of Chassell High School. Upon graduation, he worked at Pettibone in Barraga, MI, as a welder. Ken moved to Washington state and learned the trade of painting. He also lived in Woodland, California for a short time. After returning to Michigan, he enlisted in the US Navy Reserve. He was called up and stationed on the USS Forrestal (CV-59), during which time, it suffered a massive on-board fire July 29,1967. He returned to Michigan after his honorable discharge.
Ken met Phyllis Aho, and after a brief courtship they married on August 21, 1971, in Rindge. They started their family that filled their lives with love and laughter.
After working for numerous local construction companies, Ken began his own painting business. He worked faithfully until diagnosed with cancer.
When not working for or helping others, he could be found attending to projects around the home. He enjoyed spending time with family, his nightly sauna ritual, deep sea fishing, and going on cruise vacations. His love for ice cream made him a regular at Kimball Farm. He was a long-time member of the Apostolic Lutheran Church and was a member of Hope Fellowship Church at the time of his death.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years: Phyllis Ann (Aho) Sauvola of Rindge, NH; his children: Myra Somero and her husband David of New Ipswich, Matt Sauvola and his wife Melinda of Rindge, DaNita Maunu and her husband Aaron of Kennewick, WA, Jered Sauvola and his wife Jaycee of New Ipswich, Tamara Krook and her husband Jeffrey of New Ipswich, Diana Rosenlund and her husband Aaron of New Ipswich, Dane Sauvola and his wife Heather of Rindge; his sister-in-law Sheila Sauvola of Taylors, SC, step sister-in-law Ruth Sauvola of Greer, SC, step brother Larry Sauvola and his wife Gladys of Greer, SC, step sister Kathy Sauvola Samuli of Hancock, MI; 19 grandsons: Adrian, Davin, Kade, Delton, Myles, Trayton with Bethany, Kye with Heidi, Bryson, Chase, Cruz, Connor, Elliot, Asher, Preston, Jase, Tallan, Alec, Liam and Rhys; 8 granddaughters: Tiahna, Darla with Myles, Shaelyn with Rand, Nyla, Kiandra, Brailee, Ava, and Charlize; 1 great granddaughter: Rayah; as well as 124 nieces and nephews, and many relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his beloved son: James Arthur Sauvola, his brothers: David, Paul, James, Bruce, Thomas, Keith; his sister Pauline and her husband Martin Logan, and his step brother William Sauvola.
Calling Hours will be held on Wednesday, August 4, 2021, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Hope Fellowship Church, 16 Prescott Road, Jaffrey, NH 03452.
Funeral Services will be Thursday, August 5, 2021, at Hope Fellowship Church, at 10:30 AM. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery, Goddard Road in Rindge.