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Michael Lagassee


1943 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Michael Lagassee Obituary

HILLSDALE - Michael Stuart Lagassee, 72, of Hillsdale, passed away Sunday, April 10, 2016 at the MacRitchie Center of the Hillsdale Hospital. He was born October 10, 1943 in Detroit, MI to Marion Stuart and Catherine (Downey) Lagassee. Mike married Joan Kruse on February 16, 1967. Just as she had for 49 years Joan was holding his hand when he took his last breath.

Mike was born and raised in Detroit, MI. His heart beat for Hockeytown. Growing up his skates were always sharpened and he played hockey in the park till the streets lights turned on. After graduating from MacKenize High School he fulfilled his dream of attending college by enrolling at Hillsdale College. While experiencing all Hillsdale had to offer he fell in love with the town and poured all he had into it.

The United States Army brought Mike to serve from 1966-1969. After finishing his tour Mike and Joan settled into Hillsdale where he was a member of the Rotary International Club, Hillsdale Golf and Country Club, American Legion and Elks Lodge. He also volunteered at the King's Kupboard Food Pantry. His passion for children to have a quality education came out as he sat on the Hillsdale Community School Board from 1981-1984.

He owned Wilchar Cleaners where he would greet every customer with a smile and a handshake. Extending his passion of teaching he was a substitute teacher favorite at the local schools. Mike was a supervisor at Fairway Products, and a Marine Patrol Officer for the Hillsdale County Sheriff Department for 19 years.

His pride and joy were his daughters Catherine (Kate) Lagassee Cyrus and Karen Lagassee Wright. His love for his girls was shown in his passion to encourage them, teach them, and support them throughout their lives. He was loved by five grandchildren Cameron and Joseph Cyrus and Elijah, Jaxson, and Lagassee Wright.

A visitation for Michael Lagassee will be held at VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home on Sunday April 24 from 2 to 5 p.m. A celebration of Mike's life will be on Monday April 25, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church of Hillsdale at 11 a.m. with Dr. Ken Calvert officiating. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hillsdale College or Kings Kupboard Food Pantry. For online condolences, please visit www.eaglefuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Hillsdale Daily News from Apr. 13 to Apr. 21, 2016
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