Martti Ilmari Timonen, of Derby, a ski enthusiast who was a sales manager for three local sporting goods stores, died Monday in Millard Fillmore Hospital after a brief illness. He was 86.
Born in Helsinki, Finland, he was a sergeant in the Finnish army during World War II, fighting the Russians. In 1948, he left Finland and sailed to the Virgin Islands, later coming to the United States.
He worked as a sporting goods sales manager for Dick Fischer, Dekdebrun's and the Ski Market. He also was a ski instructor.
Also an avid sailor, he sailed Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Gulf of Mexico. He also built a sports car 30 years ago from his original plans. It is still on the road.
Surviving are his wife of 50 years, the former Sally Schlagter; two daughters, Marcia Figueroa and Kathleen Lipe; and a sister, Pirjo.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. July 17 in Addison Funeral Home, 26 E. Main St., Angola.