HARVEY, MI. - Duane A. Kivi, age 76, of Harvey, entered eternal life Thursday afternoon, March 6, 2014, at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans, in the loving, comforting care of his family.
Born March 17, 1937 in Marquette, a son of Victor A. and Mamie E. (Gustafson) Kivi, Duane was raised in Marquette. He entered the service in 1955, serving in the US Air Force until his honorable discharge in 1958. Following his discharge, he returned to Marquette and married the former Joan E. Murdock in 1963 in Marquette.
He was employed as a bodyman with Frei Chevrolet, then logging with his father in the woods, and then with Hines Lumber Company. For over 30 years, Duane was employed with the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company, retiring in 2004 as a concentrator operator at the Empire Mine.
Duane A. Kivi
In his leisure, Duane enjoyed bird watching, working puzzles, and woodworking, often making bird houses. Duane loved coffee and visiting with friends, and could often be found at St. Vinnies having several cups of coffee with his coffee klutch buddies.
Duane is survived by his daughters, Nancy (Gary) Scott of Big Lake, Alaska and Amy (Leland) Jurva of South Range; his son, Robert Allen (Lori) Kivi of Marquette; his grandchildren, Willie, Gena, and Joey Scott, Justin and Jordan Jurva, and Kelsey Kivi; a great-grandchildren, Kai, Ashton, and Adrian Scott; his sister, Kathy (Allen) Garrow of Gwinn; and brothers, Jerry (Pauline) Kivi and Len (Judy) Kivi both of Harvey, and Garry (Donna) Kivi of Woodbridge, VA; sisters-in-law, Nancy (Jack) McKinley of Grand Rapids and Betty Hamalainen of Marquette. In addition to his parents.
Duane was preceded in death by his wife, Joan in 2011; brothers, Roger and wife, Gloria Kivi, Stanley and Ralph Kivi; and brother-in-law, Robert Hamalainen.
The family will receive relatives and friends at the Fassbender Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 12, beginning at 4:00 pm until the time of service at 6:00 pm. Rev. Leon Jarvis will preside and veteran's honors will be accorded by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 380.
Burial will be made in the spring at the Park Cemetery.
Condolences may be expressed online at fassbender funeralhome.com