CORTLAND - Ernest R. "Ernie" Hyyti (Hyytiainen), 91, died on Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Trumbull Memorial Hospital after suffering a massive stroke.
Ernest was born Feb. 11, 1922, in Mecca, the son of John and Anna Hyyti.
Ernie was a 1940 graduate of Mecca High School. Following high school, Ernie was a Marine Corps sergeant, having served for 19 years before retiring.
He was serving in China when World War II broke out. He fought in Saipan and Okinawa and became a gunsmith after he left the military. He had a gunsmith business in Cortland.
Mr. Hyyti was a member of the NRA and of the Vienna Gun Club, where he was the gunsmith. He was the author of "Proverbs of Life." Ernie was also a past vice president of the Air Force Association-Steel Valley Chapter 371, and he served as the 2011 Cortland Street Fair Grand Marshal.
Survivors include nieces and nephews Gloria (Dave) McCombs of Quinwood, W.Va., John Phillip (Kathleen) Tuttle of Solon, Roger F. (Connie) Tuttle of Harpersfield, and Herbert A. Keistman of Paige, Texas; and numerous other nieces and nephews.
Other than his parents, Ernest was preceded in death by his siblings, Helvi Tuttle, Gertrude Ives, Ina Rice, Wayne Hyyti, Aini Keistman, Aurora Watson, and Albert and Arnold Keistman.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Lane Family Funeral Home, Shafer-Winans Chapel, where the Rev. Joe L. Doran will celebrate Ernest's life. Family and friends may visit from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Mr. Hyyti will be buried in Hillside Cemetery, Cortland, Ohio.