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

Tom was born in Detroit on May 19, 1958, to Donald and Joyce (Botsford) Featherstone and graduated from Clawson High School in 1976. He married Linda Raona on November 9, 1979 and together they raised their three children; Tom, Dan and Lisa. In 1988 Tom and Linda pursued their dream of living in “North Forests” and moved to Negaunee, where Tom worked in sales at American TV in Marquette. After earning his real estate license, Tom worked as a broker for a few years before setting up his own drywall and painting business, where he prided himself on the attention to detail and getting things right the first time.

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

During his tenure as a member of various civil society organizations, Tom volunteered for the Negaunee High School Band Backers, served for over 30 years with the Negaunee Lions Club and the Michigan Bow Hunters Association, of which he was president.

Tom spent many winters helping his best friend, Steve Krook, make the famous one “Krooks Schlittenberg” on Neejee Road in Negaunee Township, which provided hours of winter entertainment for families and friends.

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

A gifted bugler, Tom was a member of the Ishpeming Blue Notes Drum and Bugle Corps for over 15 years. Though not a veteran, Tom felt a thirst for patriotism as he graciously honored those who served with the sound of taps at many military honors and funerals of veterans, including Memorial Day at Gwinn and Bakkala Cemeteries and the Marquette Ellwood Mattson Park, National Day at Old Ish in downtown Ishpeming, and Veterans Day at the DJ Jacobetti Home for Veterans.

Former participants in the Ore to Shore Mountain Bike and Noquemanon Cross Country Ski Races may remember how Tom’s Bugle started the race and cheered on the racers at various checkpoints during the event. Behind the scenes, Tom helped prepare the Lion’s Club aid stations, helped clean up the track, and was an integral part of the pasta feed the night before the race.

Tom enjoyed hosting close friends and family on the family property for a corn roast every August, outdoor adventures, travel, photography, gardening, hunting, fishing, sauna visits, and bird watching.

His loving wife, Linda Featherstone, who is almost 42 years old, survived; two sons, Tom (Melinda) Featherstone of Kent, WA and Dan (Krista Fuller) Featherstone of Gwinn; his daughter Lisa (Don) Barr of Rancho Cordova, CA; his four grandchildren: Alexis Adams, Jayden, Chase, and Dominic Featherstone; his sisters: Dawn (Dave) Perry and Jill (Dave) Sosnowski; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins ​​and countless friends.

His parents preceded him in death.

A Christian funeral will be celebrated at 12 noon on Monday, September 27 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Negaunee, under the direction of Rev. Larry Van Damme. The family will greet relatives and friends in the church on Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, with lunch at the St. Paul School Gymnasium immediately after the service.

Tom’s family wants Dr. I would like to thank 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 encouraging others to do the same with this quote:

“There is no try, you do.”

Tom’s memorial page can be viewed at

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