SANDS TOWNSHIP, MI. - The bravest man that his family and friends ever had the privilege of knowing, Earl Littich lost his battle with melanoma on August 19, 2012 surrounded by his family and in the care of Lake Superior Hospice.
Born February 20, 1946 in Charlotte, Michigan to Earl Otto and Claudine (Silva) Littich, Earl was one of ten children. He married the love of his life, Darcene (Wismar) in 1968, and together they raised four children. Earl was the first member of his family to graduate from college and lived to see each of his children attend. Until his retirement in 2001, Earl worked for Northern Michigan University's television and radio stations. As Chief Engineer, he worked to assure that every household in the Upper Peninsula had access to Public TV and Radio, and was instrumental in bringing NMU's long-distance learning initiative from idea to reality.
Without complaint, Earl battled Crohn's disease for over 40 years; he defied the statistics, outliving every prognosis he was ever given. Against all odds, Earl lived to see his children grown and married, to hold his grandchildren, and to serve as an inspiration to all who knew him.
Earl J. Littich
Earl gave his all to everything he cared about. As an avid hunter, fisherman, and gun enthusiast, he loved to share his passion with others. As a Range Officer and Board Member for the West Branch Sportsman's Club, he taught a range of gun-handling and safety classes. A self-taught woodworker, Earl constructed numerous pieces so detailed that his family displays them as artwork. He read voraciously, and passed along his love of books to his children. Earl's greatest pride was in raising his children to work hard, think independently, love deeply, and to stand up for what is right, even when it isn't popular.
We remember his laugh - a laugh that brightened an entire room. We remember the perfect calm that came over him when he sat on the water with a fishing pole in his hand. We remember the strength of his hands, the way his eyes crinkled when he smiled, and the quiet determination with which he faced each day. The world is a little darker today without Earl, and we miss the light he brought us.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Darcene, his children Christine (Brian) Bushong of O'Fallon IL, April (Michael) Meyer of Sacramento CA, Alicia (Joshua) Thatcher of Marquette, and James (Tammy) Littich of Gwinn, his grandchildren Damian Bushong, Emily and Charlie Meyer, and Sabrina Thatcher, brother Fred (Cindy) Littich, sisters Kathleen Thompson, Diana Kelley, Mary (Tony) Wydeck, Karen (Rus) Lucas, and an abundance of beloved nieces and nephews. Earl was preceded in death by his parents, Earl O. and Claudine Littich, sister Dora Keister, brothers Ronald and Frank Littich, and infant sister Alicia Littich.
A celebration of Earl's life will be held on Friday, August 24th at 5 pm at the West Branch Sportsman's Club, 1888 Engman Lake Road, Skandia. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to fund pistol range improvements at West Branch Sportsman's Club, PO Box 118, Skandia, MI 49885.
The Fassbender Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at www.fassbenderfuneralhome.com