Alva Komulainen
1919 – 2009

WEST PARIS — Alva Komulainen, 90, went home to be with his Lord at Ledgeview Living Center early Thursday, July 2, with family by his side.

He was born in West Paris, on May 20, 1919, the son of Finnish immigrants August and Anna Pikkarinen Komulainen. He attended schools in North Paris.

He married Rena Lenfest on Feb. 9, 1946. They made their home on Paris Hill, where they lived together for more than 50 years. He enjoyed gardening and was known for his beautiful vegetable gardens. Hunting for deer and moose brought him great pleasure. He also enjoyed working in the woods and getting his own firewood. He worked for many years as a mechanic in local garages and was sought after by many to work on their cars.

He was a member and a deacon of the Paris Hill Bible Church, where he and his wife enjoyed hosting speakers and missionaries in their home.

He and his wife enjoyed two trips to Finland and also a visit to their daughter in Argentina.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Larry and Melissa Strout of Santa Rosa, La Pampa, Argentina; two sons, Craig and daughter-in-law, Julie and Ernest and daughter-in-law, Jean, all of South Paris; five grandchildren, Kevin Strout, Jason Strout, Kym Grant, Kyle Komulainen and Amanda Komulainen; and nine great-grandchildren, Hannah, Kayla, Daniel, Seth, Jonathan, Nicolas, Taylor, Brandon and Landon.

He was predeceased by his wife, Rena; a sister, Helvi Komulainen; and three brothers, Wilho, Theodore and Gunnar.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

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