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


Wednesday, July 22nd, 1942 - Thursday, June 20th, 2019
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Tommy Alfred ‘Tom’ Beauchaine,76, of Negaunee, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away on Thursday, June 20th at the Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin following a brief battle with cancer.

Tom was born in Ishpeming, Michigan on July 22, 1942 to Alfred and Lempi (Alongo) Beauchaine, graduated from Negaunee High School, Class of 1961, and then enlisted in the United States Army and served three years. Upon his honorable discharge, he gained employment for Cleveland Cliffs Iron Co. at the Empire Mine where he worked until his retirement in 1996. He was united in marriage to Shirley Racine on June 3, 1967 and together they raised two children.

Tom loved fishing with his grandchildren, especially with his oldest grandson Jacob, with whom he shared a special bond. He was an avid woodworker and it provided him with great joy to lovingly create beautiful pieces of wood art for friends and family. While he sold some of his work, he was more likely to give it away because he loved the joy it brought people. Tom also loved picking blueberries. He spent many hours in the woods hunting for blueberries and it was not uncommon for him to be gone from sun-up to sundown. While he enjoyed a good blueberry pie every now and then, he picked them for those he loved knowing how much we enjoy them. Tom could fix and do just about anything and he always stayed busy. He spent his summers as a handyman working at the Northwoods Club where he developed many friendships during the last 20 years. However, the joy of his life was his family, especially his three grandchildren. He spent countless hours swimming, fishing and four wheeling with them creating memories that will be cherished forever. Family was everything to Tom and they always came first. We could have not asked for a better husband, father and grandfather.

Surviving are his loving wife of 52 years, Shirley Beauchaine; his children, Lori Beauchaine of Sheboygan, Wisconsin and Curt (Renee) Beauchaine of Green Bay, Wisconsin; four grandchildren: Jacob Beauchaine, Rose and Alexander Ristow, and Phillip (Cathy) Glinski; two great-grandchildren, Hailey and Aubrey Glinski; four sisters: Geraldine Bair of Napa, California, Patricia LaFreniere of Negaunee, Susan Erickson of Ishpeming and Kay Beauchaine of Norway; his brothers-in-law: Alan Besola of Ishpeming and Bud Bair of Napa, California; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters: Nancy Besola of Ishpeming and Marsha McClary of Detroit; and his brothers Duane Beauchaine, Steven Beauchaine and Bruce Beauchaine, all of Negaunee.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 3:30 pm on Monday, July 1st at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church with Rev. Ryan Ford officiating. Visitation will be held from 1:30 pm until the time of Mass at 3:30 pm at the church on Monday. A luncheon will be held immediately following Mass. The family would like to thank the caring staff of the palliative care unit at the VA as well as The Fisher House. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Fisher House in Milwaukee in Tom’s memory.

Mr. Beauchaine’s memorial page may be viewed at koskeyfuneralhome.com.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, July 1st, 2019 | 1:30pm - 3:30pm
    Monday, July 1st, 2019 1:30pm - 3:30pm
    St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
    325 S. Pine St.
    Ishpeming, MI 49849
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  • Service

    Monday, July 1st, 2019 | 3:30pm
    Monday, July 1st, 2019 3:30pm
    St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
    325 S. Pine St.
    Ishpeming, MI 49849
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Ryan Ford


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John LaBelle

Posted at 12:00am
I worked with Tom for several years at the Empire Mine. We even served on a jury together. Tom was a very reserved and intelligent man. I always respected his judgement and realized how much his family meant to him. I was very close to Kay and I am sure it is a difficult time for her as well as the rest of the family. Best wishes to everyone during these sad times.

Dave Magnuson

Posted at 01:47pm
The loss of Tom has left a big empty spot in my life, after spending the last 5 summers doing handyman work with him I feel like I have lost a brother. He truly was a handyman in every sense of the word. I never did see any job that he couldn’t do, no matter what it was he had a solution, and a lot of what he did were things he invented. His knowledge of how to figure something out was unbelievable, and I learned so much from him. He will be missed by many, and my prayers go out to his family. God Bless You All.
Dave Magnuson

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Posted at 04:52pm
Praying for your family. God is with you.
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Ruth Falk

Posted at 10:44am
Tom was part of our family . a hard working , gentle man , Ernie enjoyed blue berry picking with Tom, our family will miss him .

Connie Riopelle

Posted at 02:16pm
so sorry for your loss. My mother, Donna (Beauchaine) Riopelle spoke highly of Tom.

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