Stephen Terry Eagle

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. – Stephen Terry Eagle passed away on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at this home in Rochester Hills, Mich. He was born to Stephen and Julie Eagle in Escanaba on July 16, 1987. He was the homecoming king of Vandercook Lake High School at the top of his class with a 3.9, he received five honor cords at graduation. He was a member of the National Honor Society, member of the marching band and president of SADD. He also sat on the State of Michigan Board for SADD. He studied at Lake Superior State University. He then moved to Rochester Hills in May of 2012 where he lived with his second family, Messina, Amber, Joe, Willy, Joe and Gram Toland.

It seems impossible to sum up the life and person of Stephen Eagle because he was everything. He was a dreamer, a cynic, he was handsome, he was sloppy, a comedian, an intellect, he was a brother, a son, a connoisseur of terrible movies, and he was a friend.

Stephen had everyone at hello. No one was ever able to resist his charisma and gaiety. Anyone who had ever met him laughed until it hurt. For those he loved, and loved him back, Stephen loved well. His faith in a person was unconditional and he was loyal to a fault. He forced people to be themselves, but didn’t allow them to take themselves too seriously.

Stephen loved going to concerts, Shel Silverstein (author), and being a part of something. His hobby was the people he loved. That is where he found his bliss and where his true talent lie.

He is survived by his mother, Julie Eagle; his sister, Allee Eagle and her son Kashius; his brother, Jordan Eagle and his daughter Julianna; his father, Stephen Eagle and his fiance Stacy Cain; his grandmother, Belinda Eagle; his adopted grandparents, Marlene and Butch Testini; his great-grandparents, Joyce and John Picard; his aunts and uncles, Elaine Eagle, Jamie Eagle, Ron and B.J. DeZorzi, and Jamie DeZorzi.

He is also survived by too many cousins, friends and acquaintances to mention. Stephen is preceded in death by his uncle, Anthony “Tony” Eagle; his great uncle, Timothy Papineau; and his grandfather, Tim Finlan. Although we will miss him everyday we’re the lucky ones, it is those who never got a chance to meet Stephen who will truly suffer. Private family visitation will be on Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Skradski Family Funeral Home, 118 S. 12th St., Escanaba. The family will receive friends from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services will be at 5:30 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Robert Derheim officiating. There will be a gathering afterward at the Delta Drop Inn Center, located at 1500 N. 19th St., Escanaba.

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