Tom Mackie passed away at his home after a lengthy battle with cancer on April 11, 2014. He was born December 26, 1947, the eldest son of Dr. Thomas B. Mackie and Betty Ann Louise (Huey) Mackie in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
Tom’s occupation upon retiring was with Ken Graham Trucking, approximately 16 years as an Owner-Operator. In addition, SSM City Airport Manager and Assistant Manager of Cloverland Oil.
Tom served in the United States Army as a Warrant Officer, Helicopter Pilot in Vietnam. He was a true Patriot. While serving his country, he received the following recognition: A Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Volunteer Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross and the Army Aviator Badge. Tom always remained humble, never wanting to acknowledge his accolades.
Tom is survived by his loving wife, Dana, his beautiful daughter, Shelby Ann Louise; and twin sons, Steve and Riley Angeli.
Tom was blessed with a wonderful family; brothers and sisters; Jane (Loch) Syme, Essex Connecticut; James (Lynn) Mackie, Daphne, Alabama; Marlene Mackie, D.V.M., Escanaba, Michigan; Robert (Brenda) Mackie, M.D., Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan; Rick Mackie, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin; Tom’s only Aunt, Marilynn Etzold, Tacoma, Washington; Nieces and nephews; Lisa (Eric, Fiance) Senay, Andre Senay, Alison (Jay) Johnson, Robin Mackie, Jillian (Brenan) Pultz, Kaitlynn and Kelsey Mackie, Anne (Curt) Van, and Jordan Mackie; Cousins, Ernie and Albert Kujala of Rudyard, Michigan. Sister-in-law, Constance (Howard) Vander Veen; Nephews, Jeff (Jane) White, Kennesaw, Georgia; Jason (Kasia) White, Deerfield Beach, Florida; Cousins, Sam and Marcia White, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan; Great Nieces, Taylor and Alexandra White and great nephew, Cooper White.
Cherished friends: Kay Allot, Charlie Haagensen, Grant Gillette, Pete and Elaine Donnelly and the Cozy Inn Crew, Steve and Tracey Holt and family, Gary and Terri Graham and the Ken Graham Trucking Crew.
Tom was predeceased by his parents and his sister-in-law, Jodi Mackie.
Visitation will be held Thursday, April 17th, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hovie Funeral Home, memorial service to follow. Tom requested a celebration of his life at the Cozy Inn, Brimley Michigan, following the service.
A special thanks to Dr. Robert Mackie, Brother, Chippewa Medical staff, War Memorial Hospital staff, Dr. Paula Rechner, Advanced Surgical Care, Hospice; Tracey Holt and Chippewa County Health Department.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to Hospice of the EUP, 308 W. 12th Ave. Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783