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Michael D. Cushman

Born: Tue., Jun. 28, 1960
Died: Sat., Sep. 25, 2010

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Michael D. Cushman, 50, of Dafter died unexpectedly Saturday, September 25, 2010 in Marquette, Michigan at Marquette General Hospital. Mike was born June 28, 1960 in Sault Ste. Marie. Mike loved his family, especially his girls. They were his life and he would do anything for them. He looked forward to his yearly fishing trip with his buddies and his bowling night with the boys. Mike never hesitated to help someone, whether it be a stranger or friend. He was the co-owner and plant manager of Cushman Fab and Machine in Kinross, which he started 14 years ago. He was proud of what he accomplished but prouder of being a dad. He loved his girls and was a great father.

Mike is survived by his wife Vonda (LaJoie) Cushman, whom he married November 9, 1996, his three daughters, Michaela, Paige and Delaney, all at home. He is also survived by his brother Tony (Laura) Cushman of Olivet, sister Melodi (Bill) Dulyea of East Leroy, brother Perry (Pong) Cushman of Shelby Twp., his special aunt, Marion Hansen of Clarkston, Uncle David (Nancy) Wynn of Ohio. He is also survived by his in-laws Ray and Mary Lou LaJoie of Barbeau, Corinne (Dennis) Brooks of Sault Ste. Marie, Keith (Gwen) LaJoie of Sault Ste. Marie, Marty (Shawn) LaJoie of Sault Ste. Marie, Suzette LaJoie of Sault Ste. Marie and Amy (Dan) Smith of Dafter. Also surviving are many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, one great niece and five great nephews. Mike was predeceased by his father Anthony Cushman and mother Carol (Hansen) Cushman.

Visitation will be 5:00pm until 9:00pm Wednesday September 29, 2010 at Clark Bailey Newhouse Funeral Home with parish prayers at 8:30pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00am Thursday September 30, 2010 at Holy Family Catholic Church with Brother John Hascall as Celebrant. Burial will be in Oaklawn Chapel Gardens.

Contributions can be made to the Education Trust Fund for Michaela, Paige, and Delaney Cushman at old Mission Bank in Sault Ste. Marie.

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Kimberley E. Wygant
   Posted Mon September 27, 2010
Dearest Vonda, I was deeply saddened by the news of Michael's death. I cannot fathom of how difficult it is for you and your girls. You are in my thoughts and prayers! I know in the very beginning (80's) Michael and I had our differences; but as we both grew as individuals; I can truly say, when I saw him at Stephie's graduation party,he turned into such as awesome husband and father! His passing will not only leave a void within his immediate family, but in the hearts of everyone who knew him! His memory will always remain deep within my heart. My sincere thoughts and prayers are with you, the girls, and the many family members you both shared. With deepest sympathy, Kim Hargrove~Wygant

Lisa (Hribar) Munro
   Posted Mon September 27, 2010
I'm so sorry for your loss. He was such a good person. I have many fond memories of him from when I was really young. He was friends with my parents, I called him "Uncle Chopper" and I think I was 6 or 7 when I found out we weren't actually related. In the last few years when visiting the Sault I'd run into him a few times and he always a moment to say hello. There's no doubt he loved his family and was so proud of his daughters! I'm sending lots of love and prayers your way. I hope memories of the good times can help carry you through the dark times. Lisa Munro (Dean Hribar and Leslie (Camp) Goddard's daughter)

Doug Bisdorf
   Posted Tue September 28, 2010
Farewell Dear and Loyal friend. You will be missed by many. Vonda, Chopper had SO MANY friends! That's a testament to the kind of man he was. Anything you need that I can ever help with,please just ask. My heartfelt sympathies go out to your entire family.

Leslie and Jeff Goddard
   Posted Wed September 29, 2010
I can't state it more eloquently than has been said. He was a very good person and will be greatly missed by us, too. You're family is in our prayers.

Monica (Juda) Touchton
   Posted Wed September 29, 2010
Vonda, We are so sorry for your loss. We did not have the pleasure of knowing Michael very well but the few times that we had met; it was obvious to us that he was a very kind and loving person. We could see how happy he made you and how great he was with the girls. He will be missed greatly. Please know that we are keeping you,the girls and both your families in our thoughts and prayers. Look to God and your many wonderful memories of Michael to get you through this very difficult time. Thinking of you...Lee and Monica Touchton

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