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TOWNSHIP OF RICHMOND, MI – Donald Thomas ‘Tom’ Featherstone, Jr., 63, of Richmond Township, and former resident of Negaunee, passed away peacefully early Monday morning September 20, 2021, at his home, in the care of his loving family and UP Home health and hospice.

Tom was born May 19, 1958 in Detroit, to Donald and Joyce (Botsford) Featherstone, and graduated from Clawson High School, class of 1976. He married Linda Raona on November 9, 1979 and together they raised their children. three children. Tom, Dan and Lisa. In 1988, Tom and Linda pursued their dream of living in the “Northwoods” and moved to Negaunee where Tom worked in American television sales in Marquette. After obtaining his real estate license, Tom spent a few years working as a real estate agent before starting his own business as a drywall and painting contractor, where he prided himself on attention to detail and doing things right. first attempt.

Tom was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Palmer, as well as St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Negaunee. Tom was selfless, loved to share his many talents to help others, and in his spare time enjoyed volunteering.

During his tenure as a member of various civic organizations, Tom volunteered for the Negaunee High School Band Backers, served at the Negaunee Lions Club for over 30 years, as well as the Michigan Bow Hunters Association, including he was president.

Tom has spent many winters helping his best friend, Steve Krook, maintain the famous “Krook toboggan hill” on Neejee Road in Negaunee Township which provided many hours of winter fun for families and friends.

For the past 10 years, Tom has been an active member of the Richmond Township Community Club where he volunteered at the annual fishing tournament and used his entrepreneurial skills to renovate and update. “The club”.

A gifted bugle, Tom was a member of the Ishpeming Blue Notes Drum and Bugle Corps for over 15 years. Although Tom was not a veteran, he thirsted for patriotism as he graciously honored those who served by ringing the taps for many military honors events and veterans’ funerals, including Memorial Day at cemeteries. Gwinn and Bakkala and Marquette Ellwood Mattson Park, National Day at Old Ish in downtown Ishpeming and Veterans Day at DJ Jacobetti Home for Veterans.

Former participants of the Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Races and Noquemanon Cross Country Ski Races may recall hearing Tom’s bugle start the race and cheering on the runners at various checkpoints throughout. of the event. Behind the scenes, Tom helped set up the Lion’s Club aid stations, helped clean up the track and was an integral part of the Pasta Feed the day before the race.

Tom enjoyed hosting an annual corn roast with close friends and family every August on the homestead, outdoor adventures, travel, photography, horticulture, hunting, fishing , saunas and bird watching.

The survivors are his beloved wife of nearly 42 years, Linda Featherstone; two sons, Tom (Melinda) Featherstone of Kent, WA and Dan (Krista Fuller) Featherstone of Gwinn; his daughter, Lisa (Don) Barr of Rancho Cordova, California; his four grandchildren: Alexis Adams, Jayden, Chase and Dominic Featherstone; his sisters: Dawn (Dave) Perry and Jill (Dave) Sosnowski; many nieces, nephews, cousins ​​and countless friends.

His parents died before him.

A Christian funeral mass will be celebrated at noon on Monday September 27 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Negaunee, with Reverend Larry Van Damme as officiant. The family will welcome relatives and friends from 10:00 am until the start of Mass at 12:00 noon at church on Monday, with lunch immediately after Mass in the gymnasium of St. Paul School.

Tom’s family would like to sincerely thank Dr. Michael Grossman, his nurse Kathleen Lynch and the rest of the staff at UP Home Health and Hospice for their compassionate care.

Tom lived his life and would encourage others to do the same, with the following quote:

“There is no trial, you do.”

Tom’s memorial page can be viewed at


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