106 West Main Street
P.O. Box 146
Phone: 906-475-4631
Fax: 906-475-5561


Tuesday, July 3rd, 1945 - Thursday, May 9th, 2019
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Elvin James ‘Big Jim’ Kivisto, 73, of the Dead River Basin, Negaunee Township, passed away peacefully Thursday afternoon, May 9, 2019 at the Trillium Hospice House in Marquette surrounded by his loving family and friends.

Jim was born July 3, 1945 in Ishpeming to Eino John and Ellen Marie (Hautamaki) Kivisto and graduated from Negaunee High School, Class of 1963. He then earned a degree from Greer Technical Institute. Following his education, he served in the United States Army in Germany with the 3rd Battalion, 21st Artillery during the Vietnam War. Jim remained close with his fellow soldiers throughout the years, and they held an annual ‘3-2-1 Reunion’ which he enjoyed attending.

Following his service to his country, Jim was employed for Erickson Oil before he began his career with UPPCO at the Presque Isle Power Plant as an electrical technician. He retired from WE Energies in 2001.

Jim was a member of the Negaunee Elks and the Dead River Camper’s Association. Following retirement, he wintered in Texas where he was a member of the American Legion. Jim loved spending time at the Dead River Camp, pontooning, playing cards, dice games, and enjoyed joking around and making people laugh.

Surviving are his niece, Doni (Steve) Hernandez of Negaunee; five nephews: Lance (Heidi) Peterson of Ishpeming, Frank Sommers of Washington, Edwin (Judy) and Eddie (Dawn) Kivisto of Washington, and Eino Kivisto of California; and numerous beloved cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Elaine (Kivisto) Kennedy; and his brother, Eddie Kivisto.

Honoring Jim’s wishes, a private family celebration will be held at his favorite place on the Dead River.

Jim’s memorial page may be viewed at koskeyfuneralhome.com.
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Nicole Benjamin

Posted at 09:51am
My condolences to the family at this very difficult time. Our loving Heavenly Father promises to help you with your grief. “Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; he saves those who are crushed in spirit”. —Psalms (thirty-four vs eighteen and nineteen)

Joe Barr

Posted at 07:50am
I worked with Jim for many years at Presque Isle. Great guy who was also a superb Controls Tech. My deepest sympathy to his family. Joe Barr

Susan Sarkiniemi Stoneburner

Posted at 10:01pm
My sweet cousin, you will be missed! You have left this place way to soon. I wanted to spent more time with you, we had lots to talk about! I guess that it will have to wait until we are together again. Then all the questions will be answered. I love you and miss you already. Rest in peace!


Jack Garbo and Family

Posted at 02:11pm
Lance, Doni, and All: Big Jim will always be in our "Band of Brothers". And will always be honored at our future "3-2-1 Reunions". Bless you all.
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