TROUT CREEK, MI. - Milan "Sonny" Shegan passed away at his home in Trout Creek, MI Friday, April 26, 2013 following a courageous 10 year battle with cancer.
He was born October 3, 1938 in Mckeesport, PA to the late Mike & Milka Shegan. Sonny served his country in the United States Marine Corps. Following his discharge, Sonny worked for 30 plus years as a police officer. He served on three Police Departments: Forest Heights, MD, Bladensburg, MD & Laurel, MD. During his career, Sonny was instrumental in developing training programs for fellow police officers. He was also part of the security team in Laurel, MD when Governor George Wallace was shot. Sonny's hand can be seen helping Wallace in the photograph that appeared on the cover of Life magazine.
He retired in 1988 as Deputy Chief of Police of Laurel, MD and moved to Trout Creek, MI where he and his wife Mary established Double Tree Ranch in Trout Creek, MI and raised beef cattle. In the early 90's, Sonny was hired by the tribal chairman of Lac Vieux Desert to work with the court system. His hobbies were calf roping, team roping and judging rodeo competitions.
He is survived by his Wife Mary Shegan of Trout Creek, MI, children Carrie (Ken) Pung of Charlotte, MI and Mike (Joanne) of Chelsea, MI, grandchildren Jim Curtis, III of Coldwater, MI & Cash Shegan of Chelsea, MI.
Sonny was preceded in death by his parents, brother Ray and sister Marlene.
Funeral services for Sonny will be held at the Cane Funeral Home-Bruce Crossing Chapel on Tuesday, April 30th at Noon.
Friends may call at the Cane Funeral Home-Bruce Crossing Chapel on Monday, April 29th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. as well as Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
Due to an impassible road to the Shegan residence, a hospitality room has been set up at the VFW Hall in Bruce Crossing for friends before and after services on Monday and Tuesday. Those family and friends who are coming in from out of town are encouraged to stop at the VFW Hall.
Spring interment will be in the Agate Cemetery, Trout Creek, MI.
Those who wish may make contributions in Sonny's name to Sonco Ambulance, 5480 Highway M-28 Bruce Crossing MI - 49912 or Portage Health Home Care & Hospice 821 W Water Street Hancock, MI 49930.