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Michael Oczus

Issue Date: July 20, 2022

Michael Oczus, 66, of Menominee, Mi., passed away on his birthday, Thursday, July 14 at home, after a 3-year battle with cancer.

Born July 14, 1956, to Alphonse and Shirley (Droese) Oczus in Menominee, he grew up in the Stephenson area and graduated from Stephenson High School in 1975. He served in the United States Air Force from 1976-1980 and on Aug. 14, 1982, married Heidi Anderson in Menominee. Together they raised two sons, Andrew and David.

One of his proudest moments was graduating from Northern Michigan University with Heidi, Summa Cum Laude, #2 in the class of 1984. After college, he worked as a process engineer for General Motors, Die Cast Manager at Briggs & Stratton and as an electrical foreman at Marinette Marine/Fincantieri for 20 years, retiring as Assistant Ship Superintendent in 2016.

The couple met two goals they had set early: no mortgage by age 40 and retire by 60. He hunted and fished for many years until finding golfing that combined the woods and water. He loved golf, but when his sons became involved with youth sports, he put away the clubs and focused on supporting the boys by coaching baseball, basketball and football, and being their #1 fan when in varsity sports. When his sons took up golf with him, his favorite memory was shooting his best 3-under 69.

Survivors include his wife, Heidi; two sons, Andrew and David (Arielle); a granddaughter; six siblings, Sue (Don) Zabel, Tom (Carol) Oczus, Frank (Ruth) Oczus, Al "Doc" (Mary) Oczus, Judy Hannon and Linda Oczus; his father-in-law, Axel Anderson; a brother-in-law, Steve (MiSuk) Anderson; a sister-in-law, Karen (Jeff) Hines and many nieces and nephews.

He will miss his extended family and friends, including the Andersons of Escanaba, URI of Little Lake, best man and best friend, Don (Toni) Kozlowski, golf buddies of Saturday/ Sunday and a very good bunch of neighbors who helped each other without being asked.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Barbara Anderson. His final request was: Sit with that special person in your life and listen to, "If Tomorrow Never Comes" by Garth Brooks.

Visitation will be held at at Cadieu Funeral Home, 549 10th Ave, Menominee on Tuesday, July 26 from 3 p.m. until time of service at 6 p.m., led by Rev. Mark Laatsch. Memorials can be made in his name to St. Jude Hospital for Children, the Menominee Animal Shelter or a charity of one's choice.


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