James E. “Trail Boss” Casey, 86, of Wells, passed away Saturday morning, March 25, 2017 at Bishop Noa Home.
He was born on December 10, 1930 in Escanaba, son of William and Rose (Lemay) Casey. James was raised in Wells.
On September 1, 1951, James married Marcella J. Bussineau at St. Anthony’s Church in Wells.
James sailed the lakes for five seasons before working for Phoenix Lumber Company for 23 years. He later was employed with Delta Home for 16 years before his retirement.
He was a member of St. Anthony’s Church and was a dedicated usher and also served at many funerals.
James loved being at his camp in Northland where he enjoyed hunting and the outdoors. He also enjoyed fishing on Lake Superior, gardening and playing cribbage and smear. James was a huge Detroit Red Wing and Tigers fan.
Among survivors include his wife, Marcella Casey of Wells; children, Robert (Linda Schoenenberger) Casey of Connecticut, Cindy (Mike) Swanson and Cathy (Jim) Martinson of Escanaba, Kelly (Fritz) Eisner of Manitowoc, and Kevin Casey of Wells; grandchildren, Erin, Emily, Abby, Jim, Brad, Elliott, Clair, Kelly Jo, Stephanie and Kelly Mae; great grandchildren, Jude, Chloe, Kaydence, Wesley, Harvey, Dakota, Jillian, Amelia and two more on the way; brother, Richard (Bette) Casey of Escanaba; sister in law, Phyllis (John) King of Flat Rock.
In addition to his parents, William and Rose, he was preceded in death by his son, Donald in 1975; sister, Joyce Schmeltzer; and infant brother, Jerry Casey.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, March 28th from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba. The funeral mass will follow on 12 noon at St. Anthony Church in Wells with Rev. Rick Courier officiating. A meal will follow in the church hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Anthony’s Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
“We deeply express our gratitude to the Bishop Noa Home for their excellent care of our husband and dad. He loved all the nurses and aides very much. We will forever be grateful to them. And a special thank you to Sister Rosalie, you brought him peace at the end.”
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Casey family.