Michael Oczus

Michael Oczus, 66, Menominee, is at peace after passing away July 14 at home, after a 3-year battle with cancer. Mike was born on July 14, 1956, to Alphonse and Shirley (Droese) Oczus in Menominee.He grew up in the Stephenson area, graduating from Stephenson High School in 1975. Mike served in the U.S. Air Force from 1976-1980. On August 14, 1982, Mike married Heidi Anderson in Menominee. Together they raised two sons, Andrew & 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, Mike 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 Asst. Ship Superintendent in 2016. He & Heidi met two goals they had set early: no mortgage by age 40 and retire by 60. Mike hunted and fished for many years before he found a sport that combined the woods & water - golf. He was obsessed, but when his sons became involved with youth sports, Mike put away the clubs & focused on supporting the boys by coaching baseball, basketball & football, and being their #1 fan when they graduated to varsity sports. When Andy & Dave took up golf with Mike, his favorite memory was shooting his best 3-under 69.

Mike is survived by his wife Heidi, sons: Andrew & David (Arielle) and granddaughter, Kausia, as well as siblings: Sue (Don) Zabel, Tom (Carol) Oczus, Frank (Ruth) Oczus, Al “Doc” (Mary) Oczus, Judy Hannon & Linda Oczus. He is further survived by father-in-law, Axel Anderson, brother-in-law, Steve (MiSuk) Anderson, sister-in-law, Karen (Jeff) Hines and many nieces & nephews. He will miss his extended family & friends, including the Andersons of Escanaba, URI of Little Lake, best man & best friend, Don (Toni) Kozlowski, golf buddies of Saturday/Sunday, who only let him play to take his skin money, & a very good bunch of neighbors who help each other without being asked.Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Al & Shirley, and mother-in-law, Barbara Anderson.

He had one final request: that you sit with that special person in your life and listen to, “If Tomorrow Never Comes” by Garth Brooks. Special thanks to Dr. Stephanie, NP Melissa and staff at Aurora Cancer Center for putting up with the “grumpy old guy” for 2+ years. Mike had the utmost respect for them. Also, thank you to the nurses of UP Home Health & Hospice for the compassionate care Mike received in his last few weeks.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Cadieu Funeral Home, 549 10th Ave, Menominee. Service will follow at 6:00 p.m. led by Rev. Mark Laatsch.

If you wish to make a memorial gift in Mike’s name, please direct to St. Jude Hospital for Children, the Menominee Animal Shelter or a charity of your choice.