Theodore James DeMoines, known as T.J., 29, of Onaway died Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at McLaren Northern Michigan hospital in Petoskey after battling cancer for eight years. The son of James W. and Kelly Jo (Smith) DeMoines, T.J. was born September 9, 1985 in Gaylord.
Surviving T.J. are his mother, Kelly Jo Miller (Norman DePriester) of Onaway; a sister, Candy DeMoines (John Labadie) of Newberry; three half-sisters, Chandra Romero of Texas, Janelle (Cliff) Peters of Onaway and Michelle Gensen of Washington State; two special nephews, Allen and Rohen Clark of Newberry; and his grandparents, Ted and Jean Smith of Houghton Lake. T.J. also leaves four stepsisters, Leslie DePriester of Hastings, Tory Kay (Gilly) Douglas of Tennessee, Amy Jo Molski of Traverse City and Jessika Arkwood of Petoskey; three stepbrothers, Tony (Rachele) Molski of Traverse City, Scott Gelo of Onaway and Cory (Debbie) DePriester of Petoskey; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. T.J. was preceded in death by his father, James W. DeMoines; his stepfather, Robert Miller; and his grandparents.
Visitation and the funeral service were at the Chagnon Funeral Home in Onaway Saturday, January 17, 2015. A friend of the family, Tom Anderson, officiated. Those considering an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a donation to the family or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Condolences may be shared with T.J.’s family at www.chagnonfh.com.