HANCOCK - Jason Douglas Mikkola, 33, of Hancock, died unexpectedly from a boating accident on Monday, July 15, 2013.
Jason was born July 4, 1980, and was fittingly termed "Firecracker" by his family members for his outgoing and strong-willed personality.
Jason was the youngest son of Ronald and Mary Beth Mikkola of Hancock.
He graduated from Hancock High School in 1999 and attended Northwestern Community College in Traverse City.
Jason pursued a career in the insurance business and was most recently employed at the Tervo Agency in Hancock where he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, Oliver and father, Ron who had owned and run the agency for two generations.
Jason enjoyed participating in sports as a youth, especially hockey and golf. He remained an avid golfer his entire life. He really enjoyed the great outdoors including hunting, fishing and boating.
Jason will be remembered most for his fun and kind-hearted nature, always willing to help a friend in need.
He is survived by his parents, Ronald and Mary Beth; brothers, Daniel (Trina) of Houghton and Michael (Lisa) of Hancock; sister, Julie Mikkola (fiance Jeremy Klund) of North Branch, Minn.; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his brother, David Mikkola; grandparents, Oliver and Gertrude Mikkola and Donald and Margaret Carlson.
Memorials may be made to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hancock where Jason served as an usher, or to the charity of one's choice.
Visitation will be held at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church from 2 to 5 p.m. on Friday, July 19. Funeral services will be at 5 p.m. in the church with Rev. D.J. Rasner officiating. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Hancock.
To view Jason's obituary or to send condolences to the family, please visit memorialchapel.net.
The Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hancock is assisting the family with arrangements.