MARQUETTE, Mich. - Richard Joseph Jason, age 87, of 1530 W. Ridge, Apt.33, Marquette, Michigan, died Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at Brookridge Heights Assisted Living.
Born in Detroit, Michigan on January 13, 1925 to Joseph F. and Jennie C. (Wasielewski) Jason.
He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 52 years, Myrtle Theresa (Anderson) Jason. He was smitten with Myrtle the first time he met her, Christmas Eve, 1946, at his cousin, Marjorie's home, and married Myrtle January 31, 1948 in the Sweetest Heart of Mary Church in Detroit. They moved to the Upper Peninsula and have resided in Marquette since 1969.
Richard graduated from Wayne State Law School in 1950. He was admitted to practice before the Supreme, Federal and State Courts. He practiced law in the Detroit and Upper Peninsula areas and semi-retired in 1979. He was a member of the State Bar of Michigan, past member of the City of Detroit Bar Association, and a past President of the Marquette County Bar Association. While President, Richard was instrumental in the commencement of the NMU Public TV program "Ask the Lawyers," appearing on its first telecast.
Richard was a member and officer of several Boards and organizations. He was on the Board of the Eastern Upper Peninsula Substance Abuse Services Agency, serving as Treasurer from 1985 to 1998. He had been a member of the Marquette Board of Light and Power from 1980 to 1982. Later in life he was a very active volunteer at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and served as the Treasurer of its Marquette District Council from 1995 to 2000. He also volunteered for the American Heart Association and Marquette General Hospital.
Richard was a member and treasurer of Msgr. Nolan McKevitt Council 689 of the Knights of Columbus. He was a daily golfer, and he greatly enjoyed playing cribbage, doing jigsaw puzzles, and keeping all sorts of records and data. He liked people, and he loved talking with anyone: family member, acquaintance, stranger, friend, whomever.
Besides his dear wife Myrtle, he was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Raymond and Edmund; sisters-in-law, Loray Anderson, Elaine Karolionok, and Mary Jason. He is survived by his son Richard John (Lynn) Jason, daughter Barbara (Tom) Jason-Buchkoe, grandchildren Lisa (Kyle) Button, Michael (Kira) Buchkoe, Eric Buchkoe and Jennifer (Wyatt) Miller; great-grandsons Zachary and Jacob Button; sister-in law Judy (Chuck Crotty) Jason and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Friday, October 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home where a Parish prayer service will be conducted at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, October 27 at 10 a.m. in St. Michael Catholic Church, with the Reverend Monsignor Michael Steber presiding. Interment will take place in the Park Cemetery alongside his dear Myrtle.
Pallbearers will be members of the Bishop Baraga the Snowshoe Priest Assembly Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus.
Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are kindly requested to consider the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 2119 Presque Isle Avenue, Marquette, Michigan, 49855.
Memories may be shared at www.canalefuneral.com