Donald L. Waatti

HANCOCK – Donald L. Waatti, 87, a former resident of Hancock passed away Tuesday evening July 9, 2013, in the Franklin House of PortagePointe in Hancock where he had been a resident patient for the past year and a half.

He was born on November 7, 1925, in Hazel Park, Mich., a son of the late Laurie and Lillian (Sarrela) Waatti.

As a child, he attended the local schools.

Mr. Waatti was a veteran having served with the United States Navy in South Pacific during World War II.

Don had owned and operated his own Barber Shop in Hancock for many years.

He was a member of the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church of Hancock.

In 1954, he was united in marriage to the former Rose Abbate. The couple first resided in the Detroit area and in 1961 moved to make their home in the Copper Country. They had resided in Ripley and raised seven children together. Since 1989, they had made their home in Hancock.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his brother, Ray and two infant sisters.

Surviving are his wife, Rose Waatti of Hancock; children, Matt (Gail) Waatti of Kalispell, Mont., Theresa (Willis) Sasse of Kalispell, Mont., Tim (Lisa) Waatti of Dollar Bay, Barry (Rita) Waatti of Woodland, Wash., Todd (Cherie) Waatti of Battle Ground, Wash., Sam (Molly) Waatti of Battle Ground, Wash., Jerome (Leah) Blakeman of Marengo, Wis., Rick Waatti of Arizona, Dawn Waatti of Washington; 45 grandchildren and a large number of great grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Doris Hammerstrom of Livonia, Mich., Virginia Dittenberg of Auburn Hills, Mich., Vivian Bell of Wash., Marie (John) McFarlane of Milford, Mich., Dave (Sally) Waatti of Kalispell, Mont., Darlene (Bob) Nelson of Duluth, Minn., Jean (Louie) Lobbestael of Detroit; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services for Don will be held 11 a.m. Friday July 12, 2013, in the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church in Hancock with Clarence Marttila to officiate. Burial will be in the Waasa Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday July 11, 2013, and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., time of services, on Friday at the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church in Hancock. All are welcome to attend.

To view Don’s obituary or to send condolences to the family please visit

The Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hancock has been assisting the family with the arrangements.