THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
James J. DeMille, Sr.
James John DeMille Sr., 77, of Stephenson, Mi., passed away at 3:20 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 2 surrounded by his family.
Born on March 3, 1936 in Stephenson to the late William and Helen (Smith) DeMille, he grew up in the area and at the age of 17, enlisted in the United States Coast Guard. He served 20 years abroad in Greenland, Turkey and The Baffin Islands and stateside in Texas, Virginia and Michigan. Upon retiring, he moved back to the Home 40 in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan because there is no place like home. He married Lois Ives on July 6, 1957 and together they raised four children.
He later worked in the woodland division of Mead Paper Company, retiring at the age of 57. He then put on his cowboy hat, grabbed his sweetie and started traveling, wintering in states without snow, returning to Michigan when it got a good thaw!
He loved to tinker and always had a project, traded corvettes, motorcycles, guns and trucks. He believed that his wife's cooking was better than any restaurant. Also His children were the greatest and that family gatherings on a regular basis was living. He was a man of Faith and passed from this earth with the assurance of Heaven!, living a life with honor and respect, being an example to all and will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lois (Ives); four children, Janice (Joe) Kutha, Gail (Dave) Jones, Jay (Lisa) DeMille and Jamie (Phil) Gignac; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Betty (Jim) Prall and Mary (Dean) Ludvigsen; two brothers, Jerry (Bev) DeMille and Bill (Jeanette) DeMille and many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends may call at Fellowship Bible Church, W 5639 County Road G-12, Stephenson, Mi. on Saturday Nov. 9 after 1 p.m. until time of military rites at 3:45 p.m. Pastor Dave Sellness will officiate at the services with burial in Stephenson Township Cemetery. Anderson Diehm Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of other forms of sympathy, a memorial fund has been established in his name.