ISHPEMING, Mich. - Randy Edwin "Spud" Garceau, age 53, of 816 N. First St., Ishpeming, passed away on the morning of May 1, 2013, in Baraga County as the result of an auto accident.
Randy was born on April 12, 1960, in Ishpeming, Mich., the son of Walter J. and MaryAnn (Selinger) Garceau. "Spud" was a graduate of the Ishpeming High School, Class of 1978. He was a natural and gifted athlete in school which carried on into adulthood. After High School, Randy worked out west for a short period of time and on a fishing boat out of Homer, Alaska. He returned home after his Alaska adventure where he etched out a career working for several Industrial Supply Companies. He was presently employed by Johnson & Berry Manufacturing, Inc. of L'Anse.
Randy had many friends and participated in many sport leagues. Shortly after starting his own family, he traded his spot in the action to watch his boys in their endeavors. You could always find Randy along a baseball fence, on the sidelines, or at the ice rink if one of his sons was playing. He was an avid outdoorsman with a love for the U.P. The only thing more important than the outdoors was family and friends. When he could combine both he was a very happy man. Some of his favorite times were spent north of Ishpeming with his family at camp or on the shores of Silver Lake.
Randy Edwin ‘Spud’ Garceau
Randy is survived by his wife Jolene (Heikkila) Garceau of Ishpeming; two sons, Zachary Garceau and Joshua Garceau both of Ishpeming; two brothers, H. John (Arlene) Vincent of Manitowoc, Wis., and Danny J. (Diane) Garceau of Ishpeming; nieces and nephews, Deacon Vincent of Las Vegas, Jennifer Petrie of Traverse City, Mich., SFC Jason (Hedy) Vincent of Oshkosh, Wis., Dustin Garceau of Wiesbaden, Germany, Kelly Stoeger of Manitowoc, Wis., Holly Vincent of Las Vegas and Erin Garceau of Ishpeming; his parents-in-law, Harlen and Nona Heikkila of Ishpeming; sister-in-law Jill (Peter) Nault and their children, Olivia and Ethan, all of Southaven, Miss., along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, and his best friend Gary "Goose" Connors. He was preceded in death by his mother Mary Ann in 1994, his father Walter in 1995, and his brother Gary P. in 2009.
The family will greet relatives and friends from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Monday, May 6, 2013, at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Ishpeming. A memorial service will follow at 1:00 p.m. on Monday in the church with the Rev. Lauri O. Maki to officiate. A luncheon will be held at the conclusion of the service in the church hall.
Randy's obituary may also be viewed at bjorkand zhulkie.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.