Herman "Dutch" Lichius, 86, of Alanson, died March 22, 2012, at the Tendercare of Cheboygan Nursing Home.
Dutch was born on Sept. 19, 1925, in Pennsylvania, the son of Herman and Gertrude Lichius. Dutch entered the U.S. Army in 1943 and fought during World War II in Central Europe and in the Rhineland, where he was wounded and received the Purple Heart. In 1948, Dutch was transferred from the U.S. Army to the U.S. Coast Guard and later also served in the National Guard.
On March 8, 1950, Dutch married Jean Schoneith and she survives.
Dutch was an active member of the Littlefield Township Fire Department and served with them for more than 50 years. He was a bus driver for the Alanson Schools and served on the Alanson Village Council. He was a member of St. Clement Parish in Pellston and the Knights of Columbus, and was an active golfer, running a senior golf league.
Dutch is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jean; a son, Fred (Leah) Lichius of Alanson; a daughter, Debera (Rod Place) Lutz of Petoskey; four grandchildren, Wade Lichius, Mark Lutz, Jennifer (Tony) Poella, and Lisa Lutz; one great-grandson, Oscar George David; a brother, William Lichius; a sister, Cathy (Bob) Wolak; and by many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Alfred Lichius; and by a sister, Betty Nary.
A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, at the St. Clement Catholic Church in Pellston, Mich. with the Rev. Richard Schaeffer officiating. The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday at the church. Burial will be in the Littlefield Township Cemetery in Alanson.
Arrangements are in the care of the Stone Funeral Home in Petoskey.