Eric R. Niemi Issue Date: November 1, 2018
Eric Richard Niemi, 31, of Marquette, Mi., formerly of Menominee, Mi., passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018.
Born Dec. 17, 1986 in Marinette, to Richard and Colleen (Gollinger) Niemi, he graduated from Menominee High School in 2005 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Loss Prevention Management at Northern Michigan University in 2011.
He moved to Fort Collins, Co. after graduation and worked as an investigator, conducting federal background checks. He later moved to the Detroit area and did private investigative work for a small contract company investigating workman's compensation cases.
He spent the spring and summer of 2014 in Idaho and Washington tagging fish before moving to Traverse City that fall. He then worked for Neuro Restorative in Traverse City for the next four years working with people who suffered traumatic brain injuries. He grew fond of many of the people he worked with as well as their families, so much that he started his own company in 2017 called Restorative Outdoor Services.
His mission was to bring people with physical and mental disabilities back to the outdoor activities they loved that were now hard for them to access. He returned to the Upper Peninsula in summer where he worked as a Group Home Manager for Adult Learning Systems to continue doing what he loved.
He also worked as an intern in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Texas, Idaho, Washington, Colorado and traveled most places in between.
An avid outdoorsman and conservationist, he loved to hunt, fish and enjoyed target shooting, two tracking, scouting game, camping and anything that would get him outside. He had a big heart and will be missed by friends and family.
He is survived by his parents, Richard and Colleen (Gollinger) Niemi; four sisters, Ursula (Junior) Livermore, Tisha (Alan) Edmonds, Kara (Darren) Wilbee and Molly Niemi; five brothers, Peter Niemi, Paul (Jada) Niemi, Danny (Autumn) Niemi, Kevin Niemi and Rex (Amanda) Niemi and other family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Earnest and Viola Niemi and maternal grandparents, Dusty Gollinger and Patricia and Harry Clark.
Visitation will take place at Cadieu Funeral Home in Menominee on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. until time of the Memorial Services at 11 a.m., with Deacon Vincent Beckley officiating. Acts of kindness and sympathy can be directed to Rex Niemi.
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