John J. Doyen

GWINN, Mich. – John Jerome Doyen, 74, lifelong Gwinn resident, was called home by our Lord and Savior early Friday morning, February 1, 2013, at his home surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with mesothelioma cancer.

John was born December 12, 1938 in Escanaba to the late George and Edith (Armatti) Doyen, was raised in Austin and attended Gwinn Schools until leaving to serve his country in the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier Kearsarge, from 1956-1959. While in the Navy, John met the love of his live, Jacqueline Louise Schermer. They were married in Whittier, CA on August 29, 1959, and shared life and love for 53 1/2 years. Together they had three children: Maurine (John) Overesch, Tami (Ron) Byers and a son George who they lost at birth.

Upon returning to the Gwinn area, John worked at the Empire Mine for 31 years in the pellet plant, the mill, and finally as a shovel operator, retiring from CCI in 1996. He was an active member in the Knights of Columbus for many years and was a member of V.A. Romo Post #5670, Gwinn. John loved his country, night fishing for trout on the beautiful inland lakes, a trip to the casino and a fierce game of cards. His special love was for his granddaughter, Ashley Byers, and his grandson, Jon Byers.

Surviving are his wife, Jacqueline Doyen; daughters: Maurine (John) Overesch of Appleton, Tami (Ron) Byers of Green Bay; grandchildren, Ashley and Jon Byers; nephew, Chris Tyni; niece, Debbie Erickson; aunt, Edith Armatti; sister-in-law, Beth Schermer and brother-in-law, Dave Lether, and numerous cousins. John was preceded in death by his parents, his son, George Doyen, Jr., sister, Delores Tyni, sisters-in-law: Regnelda Wade, Betty Lether and Parkaline Beard; brothers-in-law: Fred and Frank Schermer; many aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the many neighbors, friends, relatives and caregivers who shared their love with John and his family through their many visits, meals, storytelling and prayers. They also extend their deepest appreciation to the staff and doctors of St. Joseph Hospital and the Hope Lodge of Marshfield, WI. A note of gratitude to Lake Superior Hospice for their outstanding care of our loved one, John, with special appreciation to Kayla and Paul, who treated John with the utmost compassion and dignity.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Anthony Catholic Church with the Rev. John Boyle officiating. Burial will be in the Gwinn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Paul King, Frank Doyen, Elmer Aho, Cliff Goodman, Ron Byers and John Overesch. The family will greet relatives and friends from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. in the Baraga Room of St. Anthony Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Lake Superior Hospice in John’s memory.

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