Johannes 'Juho' Tikkanen was born 24 June 1879 in Pielavesi, Kuopio, Finland, the son of Herman, a farmer b. 18 December 1832, and Helena (née Gregorsdotter, b. 16 December 1838) Tikkanen; they had married 28 June 1869 in Pielavesi. He had two brothers and three sisters; Karolina, b. 25 December 1870, Lovisa, b. 9 November 1872, Henrik, b. 12 November 1874, Anna, b. 8 January 1877, and Jafet, b. 22 March 1882.
He travelled from Hankä to Hull before joining the Titanic at Southampton. He was bound for New York. The fare from Hankä to New York was 269 Fmk ($51 £10 12s).
Juho Tikkanen died in the sinking, his body, if recovered, was never identified. £50 in compensation was later paid to his relatives.