Michael “Yankee Mike” Elmo Pulkkinen
April 23, 1953 – July 13, 2018
Michael Pulkkinen, 65, of Carlos, passed away on Friday, July 13, 2018 at home with his loving wife by his side. A Life Tribute Celebration will be at 1pm, Saturday, July 21, 2018, at Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers Bryan-College Station. Cremation Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral Cremation Centers Bryan-College Station.
Michael was born to Richard E. and Barbara Jean (Thorne) Pulkkinen in Island Falls, Maine on April 23, 1953. He was the oldest of five siblings and grew up in Millinocket, Maine, the Magic City. Michael graduated from Stearns High School in 1971. After relocating to Texas in 1978, he eventually settled in the town of Carlos. Yankee Mike, as most people knew him by, had a great love for family, friends, and motorcycles. He loved visiting his Maine family whenever possible and his Dad was his biggest hero. He was a member of the Elks Lodge #1521. Yankee played as hard as he worked and sometimes his alter ego ‘Elmo’ would show up. He loved to ride his Harley Davidson cross country where he had friends all over the U.S. and from all walks of life. He took great pride in his two businesses: The Watering Hole in Snook and the iconic Yankees Tavern and Grill in Carlos, TX. His vision and generosity to his community has impacted hundreds of families. Yankee and The Somerville Lake Loons have donated money raised to many local charities throughout the Brazos Valley for over thirty years. During the holiday season, both his establishments would participate in Toy Runs and Make A Christmas Happen event delivering food, clothing, and household goods to needy families and to ensure all the children had a wonderful Christmas. Yankee sponsored many youth sport and BBQ teams throughout the years and made contributions to school baseball and basketball programs. More importantly, Yankee Mike has left each one of us with amazing stories and memories to cherish until we see him once again.
He was preceded in death by his brother Barry Pulkkinen; his paternal grandparents, Arve and Evelyn Pulkkinen, his maternal grandparents, L. Paul and Arabelle Thorne.
Michael is survived by his wife of 20 years, Tammy Edwards Pulkkinen; his children Cassandra Webber-Beal, of Saco, ME, Shawn Pulkkinen (Aly Sanchez), of Carlos, Chase Pulkkinen, of College Station, Chelsey Marley (Andrew Risner), of Kyle; his grand-daughter, Arabelle Pulkkinen, of Carlos, grandsons, Jacob Beal, Oliver Webber-Hilton, Naseem Webber, and Nigel Webber-Bergeron, of Saco, ME, his parents, Richard and Barbara Pulkkinen, of Millinocket, Maine; sisters Karen (Curtis, Sr) Gaudet of Bloomfield, CT, and Becky (Magoo) Mclaughlin, of Verona Island, ME, brother, Paul (Gwen) Pulkkinen, of Snook, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews , his faithful dog Blue, and his beloved tavern family.
Memorial donations can be made to Brazos Valley Hospice, 502 West 26th Street, Bryan, Texas 77803; or True Blue Animal Rescue, PO Box 1107, Brenham, Texas 77836.
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