ESCANABA - Francis C. Flemal, 64, of 6269 G.5 Road, Escanaba, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at his home in Escanaba surrounded by his loving family. He was born Oct. 25, 1948, in Escanaba and was the son of Louis and Violet (Jensen) Flemal.
Francis served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was employed at Mead Paper Company in Escanaba for 35 years until his retirement in May of 2004.
Francis loved going to camp, his second home in Northland. He was an avid deer hunter. Francis loved working in his fields and picking rocks. He never stopped moving always putzing in his beautiful vegetable garden, working on house projects and embarking regularly on mowing his perfectly groomed lawn. He was a true Yooper and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Francis loved to play cribbage at deer camp.
Francis C. Flemal
He was always in pursuit of a trophy buck or the biggest catch. His best catch in life was his wife Cathy. For 22 years they shared all of their favorite activities together, hunting, fishing and gardening.
In 2003, his grandson Dakota was born. There never was a man so happy to share in the life of a child. Dakota's presence made Fran light up. And together they bonded and became inseparable. Fran taught Dakota everything he knew about fishing, hunting, farming and life. Together they grew and learned. Many close to Francis could see that his grandson was the light of his life, the light that kept Francis going for so many years.
During the time when Fran fell ill Cathy took exceptional care of him. She dedicated all she had to make sure he was comfortable, for which he was eternally grateful.
Francis C. Flemal is survived by his wife, Catherine; daughters, Michelle (Gary) Mitchell of Elgin, Ill., Kelly (Bob Beauchamp) Norkooli of Escanaba, Stephanie (Jake Couchene) Norkooli of Marquette; son, Thomas Flemal St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.; grandson, Dakota James "Popeye" Clark of Escanaba; sister, Rosie (Mike) Biggs of Hendersonville, Tenn.; mother and father-in-law, Marcella and James Casey of Wells; sisters-in-law, Cindy (Mike) Swanson of Escanaba, Kelly (Fritz) Eisner of Manitowoc, Wis.; brothers-in-laws, Kevin (Michelle) Casey of Escanaba, Bob (Linda) Casey of Waterford, Conn.; several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers, Tom, Norbert, Luke and Louie; and sisters, Clarona Micheau and Eileen Carigan.
A celebration of life party will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Mead Rod and Gun Club. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the family for a trust fund for his grandson, Dakota.
The Anderson Funeral Homes of Escanaba and Gladstone are assisting the family with the arrangements and online condolences can be sent to the family at www.andersonfuneralhomes.net.