Michael “Mike” Eugene Cousins, 71, of Midlothian, Virginia passed away on Sunday, January 1, 2023. A Celebration of Mike’s Life will be held on January 20, 2023 at 11:00am at the graveside in the Quantico National Cemetery, 18424 Joplin Rd, Triangle, VA 22172 directly followed by a Celebration of Life Reception at 12:30pm held at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, 1775 Semper Fidelis Wy, Triangle, VA 22172 on the Overlook Balcony. All Family and Friends are welcome to attend. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Mr. Cousins was born July 14, 1951 in Lansing, Michigan, Son of the late Delores Souder Cousins and the late Eugene Cousins. He was a Defense Contractor at the United States Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division. A veteran of the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy, Mike served in the Gulf War where he was awarded the Kuwait Liberation Medal. During his service he was awarded the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Navy “E” Ribbon, 3 Navy Good Conduct Medals, 2 National Defense Medals, the Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon, and the Navy Expert Rifleman Medal. During his service he was stationed on the Missile Destroyers USS Barney and USS Anzio, his last duty assignment was at the Aegis Training and Readiness Center where he trained sailors on the Naval Ships radar and missiles.
Fair winds and Following seas, shipmate. We have the watch.
Mike grew up on a dairy farm in Onondaga, Michigan and was a true cowboy before he joined the military. If you knew Mike, you knew he had a wonderful sense of humor, he loved to whistle while he worked, and his favorite saying was “Holy Cats”. Mike had a great passion for farming, tractors, and history. He liked to work with his hands, he enjoyed working on anything in the garage, around the house, riding his John Deer Tractor, gardening, going to the movies and exploring museums. Mike loved his animals, waiting for him in heaven at the rainbow bridge are his various dogs and cats; Sue Bear, Princess, Lucas, Sam, Skeeter, Dutch, Gunny, Patches, Jamie, Tuffy, Mr. Bean, Whitty, Boo Boo and Cricket. Above all else, he loved his family deeply.
He is survived by his daughter, Rebecca Asif of Lakeville, MN; his daughter, Elizabeth Beverly of Midlothian, VA; his granddaughter Sabrina Asif; his granddaughter Angel Beverly; his granddaughter Sarah Asif; his sister Mary Quick of Temple Terrace, FL; several family and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother, Stephen Cousins and his sister Deborah Miller.
We love you, may your soul rest in peace.
In lieu of Flowers or Donations, the family requests you spend precious time with your loved ones, visit a museum and share your adventure in Mike’s guest book. One of Mike’s favorite museums to visit is the National Museum of the Marine Corps located next to his final resting place at the Quantico National Cemetery.