Darin Michael Keskimaki, age 46, of Chatham, died on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at Medilodge in Munising following a lengthy illness. He was born on December 27, 1973 in Marquette, Michigan to Michael and Doreen (Heath) Keskimaki. Darin grew up in Chatham on the family farm and he graduated from Superior Central High School in 1992. Darin was a “Jack of All Trades” and worked as an electrician, well driller, carpenter, roof repairer, and mechanic. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends at various camps, some of which he used his carpentry skills to build. Darin enjoyed the period of his life when he raised cattle with family. He loved being an uncle and enjoyed blueberry picking with the kids. Darin was generous to a fault, he had a great sense of humor, and he lived life on his own terms and beat to his own drum.
He is survived by his mother and step-father – Doreen and Mark Skidmore of Mesa, AZ; siblings – Dawn (Kyle Krysiak) Leppanen of Chatham, Brett (Trish) Keskimaki of Baroda, MI, and Brynn (Joe) Fisher of Chatham, MI; nieces and nephews – Maria (Matt), Luke, Laurie, Michael, Sara, Alina, Olivia, Raine (Josh), and Aurora; great nieces and nephew – Natalie, Madeleine, and Jude; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Darin was preceded in death by his father, Michael Keskimaki, and his grandparents, Arnold and Helen Keskimaki and Alfred and Elizabeth Heath.
Visiting time with family and friends will be at the Bowerman Funeral Home in Munising on Saturday, December 5, 2020. CoVid precautions and attendance regulations will be observed as directed by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Masks will be required, and the funeral home staff will be assisting with social distancing. If able, it is requested that if your last name begins with A – M, you attend the visitation between 12:00 noon until 1:00 p.m. If your last name begins with N – Z, you attend the visitation between 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. Due to the limits in place by the MDHHS, Darin’s funeral service will be a private event. Interment will take place at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Chatham at a later date.
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