Jake Eryk Haapajoki, 16, of Baxter, passed away February 21, 2018, at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd.
A celebration of life was held Feb. 25 at the Brainerd High School Gymnasium
There will be a private family interment at Baxter City Cemetery.
Jake was born November 26, 2001 in Brainerd, to Christine Lovas Peterson and Eryk Haapajoki. At age 10, Jake was a 2nd Degree Junior Black Belt; he was active in soccer, basketball, jumping hurdles in track and family pick-up games. He was a three-time letter winner, once in track and twice in soccer. He enjoyed being outdoors, camping, fishing, music and hanging out with friends. Jake looked forward to his annual father and son trek to the Minnesota State High School Basketball Tournament and had fun spending time at the farm. Jake was confirmed last fall.
He is survived by his parents; six siblings, Alex Haapajoki, Courtney DeChaine, Zander, Axton, Noah and Brekken Peterson; grandparents, Tony and Wendy Banker, Gary and Diane Lovas, Eric and Renae Peterson, Rosalind (Frank Hensch) Haapajoki; great-grandmothers, Pearl Haapajoki and Gertrude Stromme; aunts, uncles; and special family friends, Richelle, Brandon and Ashlyn Vroman.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Grace Peterson and his grandfather, Jon Haapajoki.
Flowers are welcome, as are donations to the Crisis Line of Brainerd. A GoFundMe account is set up for those contributions at https://www.gofundme.com/jhaapajoki.