HARVEY, MI. - Michael Edward Gaspar, 70, of Marquette passed away August 25, 2014 of natural causes while visiting his camp in AuTrain,MI.
He was born February 26, 1944 in Marquette to Edward "Ted" and Frances (Kurian) Gaspar. He attended St. Michael's Catholic School in Marquette and was a 1962 graduate of Graveraet High School, Marquette. Mike married Lavonne (McGuire) January 18, 1969 in Marquette. He joined the Michigan State Police Department in 1965. Mike spent his career as a Michigan State Trooper, starting in Romeo, and then Ypsilanti, and then stayed in Newberry for the majority of his career from 1968 to 1991. There he and Lavonne also raised three children. He invented the ElectraLevel water level and a coffee filter separator and had both items patented. He was also a skilled carpenter, building his own home and many other projects that ranged from a steel windmill to his "Sparbilt" trailers. His home office walls are covered in framed awards that he received over the years as a State Trooper. A couple examples include an award for capturing one of the FBI's 10 Most Wanted Fugitives in 1970 and for suggesting the idea to use portable penetrator devices to aid in finding lost hunters. He is survived by his wife Lavonne Gaspar and children Angie (Roger) Griepentrog, Freedom, WI; James Gaspar (Arleen), Yorktown, VA; and Janet (Steve) Maki, Newberry, MI; grandchildren: Jessica Griepentrog, Austin Gaspar (Miranda), Steve Maki (Keri), Dan Maki (Mallory), Shannon Maki; great-grandchildren: Levi Maki, Blair Maki, Jack and Ben Heinonen; and his sister and brother-in-law Sandra and Pat Dooley of Marquette; and nephews Don and Jeff; and his sister Pamela (Blayne) Eineichner, Hood River, OR. He is further survived by brothers- and sisters-in-law Iris Burns of Big Bay, Leanne and Wade Cornelia of Amasa, and nieces and nephews Karen, Jody, Mike, Lenny, Wade, Scott and Brenda. Also surviving is his sister Pamela's mother Judy Gaspar, Woodruff, WI.
Preceding him in death were his father Edward "Ted"Gaspar and mother Frances (Kurian) Gaspar, and brother-in-law Forrest "Bud" Burns, Big Bay.
In his own words back in 2006, Mike wrote, "Where my heart is: It is in giving. It is in family. It is in honesty and righteousness. It is in helping. It is in sharing. It is in loving. It is in closeness. It is in wanting the best for others. It is in caring. It is in sympathy for suffering of others. It is in wanting others to be happy. Most of all it is in wanting that recognized."
Found framed at his AuTrain camp, one of his favorite places, was "The Clock of Life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop at late or early hour. Now is the only time we own; love, live, toil with a will. Do not wait until tomorrow, for the clock may then be still."
The Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home of Marquette is assisting the family. Mike did not want a funeral so there are no funeral arrangements being made. A private family gathering to celebrate Mike's life is being planned. Condolences can be left online at swanson-lundquistfu neralhome.com.