James George Edward Shawanibin Lansing Formerly of Wikwemikong, Ontario, Canada James George Edward Shawanibin, 69, of Lansing, Michigan, formerly of Wikwemikong, passed away surrounded by his loving family on February 2, 2014. James was born to the late John and Rosalie (Shawana) Shawanibin on June 14, 1944 in Wikwemikong, Ontario. He was a Vietnam Veteran, worked at GM for over 45 years, and was a member of the 602 UAW Union. James was active in his community, serving as an AA Mentor and attending Native Elders luncheons. He had many interests, including hockey, playing the guitar and Johnny Cash tunes. James loved his dogs, Albert and Jackson. James was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Mary Lynn (Sharon) Mahgagahbow. Surviving to cherish his memory are children, Stephanie Shawanibin, Jason Shawanibin, and Kayla Blackfoot; step-daughter, Fay Rivers; grandchildren, Andrew, Jacob, Shyan, Sienna, John, Kenneth, Delores, Dalton, and Caleb; great-grandchildren, Kaneshia, Kane, and Waaseya; siblings, Celina, John, Doreen, and Joyce; and dear friends, Sharon and Carrie. A funeral service will be held, Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel, 900 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI 48912. The family will receive friends for visitation on Tuesday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Lansing Chapel. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.grlansing.com.
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Feb. 4, 2014