Jason James Trepanier, age 43, passed away Friday, October 26, 2018, at his home in Escanaba, due to natural causes.
Jason was born in Escanaba on April 16, 1975, the son of James and Regina (Olson) Trepanier. After childhood in Ensign, he lived in Ishpeming and Escanaba where he attended Ford River Elementary School. He was a member of the 1993 graduating class of Escanaba High School, where he played saxophone and competed as a wrestler on the Escanaba High School Wrestling team.
Following high school, Jason enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving proudly as a Ground Radio Communications Craftsman. Additionally, on May 25th of 1996, Jason was united in marriage to the former Christine Mellinger, and with even more pride gave birth to their beautiful daughter Madelyn on August 31, 2001.
During his enlistment, Jason was stationed throughout the world in Japan, Turkey, Kuwait, Arizona and Virginia. He received more than eight medals of commendation, and his exemplary acts of service enabled Jason to achieve the respectable rank of Staff Sergeant.
Following his honorable discharge in 2003, Jason returned home to Escanaba where he has since resided, and continued his interest in technology. He is survived by several longtime friends that enjoyed with him his favorite pastimes- fishing, archery, hunting, golfing, and of course- cheering for The Green Bay Packers. He loved to listen to and found purpose in a motley crew of music and musicians, and enjoyed listening to CCR with his family. Although he sometimes suffered difficult times, Jason alwaysloved his family. He will be deeply and sincerely missed by all who knew and loved him.
Jason was preceded in death by his grandparents, Oscar and Elaine Olson, Russell Trepanier, and Harold Olsen.
Jason is survived by his parents, Regina (James) Sterwald and Jim (Diane) Trepanier:
Daughter: Madelyn Trepanier
Grandmothers: Marion Trepanier, Dorothy Olsen
Sisters: Natalie (Eric) Gray, Jodi (Jesse) Heard, Kristi (Todd) Vitito, and Kelly Sterwald
Nieces and Nephews: Lillian and Annabelle Gray, Tyler and Jesalyn Heard, and Elliot and Miles Vitito
Also surviving are Jason’s aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, whom he proudly loved.
Jason’s celebration of life and service will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Skradski Family Funeral Home in Escanaba, following the schedule below:
2:00-4:00 P.M. Visitation with friends and family
4:00 P.M. Military Rites (The Rapid River American Legion Post #301 presiding), followed by a memorial service officiated by family friend Bruce Hansen.
The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting with arrangements.