Douglas Raymond Possi
ROCK — Douglas Raymond Possi, age 68, of Rock passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, from complications due to diabetes.
Doug was born Dec. 24, 1947 in Norway, to parents Raymond and Ruth (Nelson) Possi. He was an avid outdoorsman, sportsman and gentleman who will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Doug later moved from Norway and spent his formative years in “Northtown” and graduated from Escanaba High School in 1966. Doug was united in marriage to the love of his life, Judy Kivioja in April of 1965 at Christ the King Lutheran Church. Doug met Judy at Luther League when he was just 12 years old; together they had two children, Jodi and Earl. In later years Doug moved to Pine Ridge, and in 1991 settled in Rock where he spent the remainder of his life.
Doug had many interests and hobbies, almost all of which were family oriented. He loved being at camp, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family, particularly his grandchildren. Like many men of his generation, Doug was not one to shy away from work and loved being active. This included driving pulp truck, where he made his living. He was able to help skid wood last winter with his son, Earl, and wasn’t afraid to haul firewood even as his health declined. His life was spent in the woods he loved as an independent person and even the treacherous winter driving could not bring him down, he simply said: “At least there’s no bugs.”
He would be up 2 a.m. on Christmas morning so he wouldn’t miss grandkids opening gifts from Santa! Likewise at camp he woke 3 hours before daylight to make sure he wouldn’t miss out on his chance at a big buck. Doug instilled a love of hunting in his entire family teaching his wife, daughter and son the fine art of hunting.
Another of Doug’s passions was racing. He was a member of the Peninsula Stock Car Association and was known as “The Italian Stallion” on the track. He raced Sportsmen late models and modifieds. His love of racing was passed down and he enjoyed buying his son Earl his first Sprint car and watching him race.
Doug, being the consummate family man, took much pleasure watching his children’s and later his grandkids’ activities, including racing, hockey, softball and baseball. His sense of humor was one of his many attributes that made him well loved—especially by his children’s spouses’—who knew him as “the best father-in-law in the world”.
Doug served in the army during the Vietnam War and was active from 1965 to 1968. He was an Acting Sergeant (E5) at the age of 18.
Doug was a member of the Rock American Legion Post #559, UP Whitetails of Dickinson County, and Wildlife Unlimited.
Doug is survived by his wife, Judy of Rock; daughter, Jodi (Jon) Way of Cornell, son, Earl (Jodi) Possi of Rock; grandchildren, Hunter Way, Taylor Way, Cole Possi, and Sierra Possi; sisters, Lynn Kositzke and Janice (Jerry) Stropich; brother, Dan (Judy) Possi; brothers-in-law, Dennis Kivioja, Jim Kivioja, Bob Kivioja; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Doug was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Ruth Possi; brother, David Possi; brother-in-law, Leroy Kositzke; in-laws, Roger and Edna Champion; and mother and father-in-law, Vern and Thelma Kivioja.
Visitation will be held at Anderson’s funeral home in Escanaba, Tuesday, Dec. 6 between 1 to 4 p.m. Funeral Services celebrating Doug’s life will be the same day at Faith Lutheran Church in Rock at 5 p.m. with Pastors Kris Ertl and Rell Spickerman officiating. A dinner will follow after the funeral services. Burial will take place in the Rock Cemetery with military rites conducted by the Rock American Legion Post #559. The Anderson Funeral Home is assisting the Possi family and online condolences can be sent at www.andersonfuneralhomes.net.