WILLIAMSBURG — Michael Lynn Misico, 64, passed away while surrounded by his loving family at his home in Williamsburg on Jan. 24, 2014. Michael was born to Alex and Vesta Misico on Jan. 28, 1950, in Detroit. The family eventually moved to Elk Rapids, where Michael spent the remainder of his childhood and teenage years.
He was drafted into the military during the Vietnam War. Although he wasn’t necessarily thrilled about it Michael often said that it was his duty to answer the call and serve his country. He would be wounded in battle and spent over a year recovering in a military hospital before being discharged and returning home.
Michael met the love of his life, Orsolina, and the couple would be married on Jan. 10, 1977, in New Baltimore as they were making their way south, moving to Arizona. Following the birth of their second son in 1980 they returned to Michigan, where they resided ever since.
Although classified as “disabled” following his military service, Michael never let his disability slow him down.
His family was his first love but music and the outdoors were certainly a close second. Michael was an extremely talented musician. It was quite rare to see him without a guitar in his hands. He wrote many songs about life in northern Michigan as well as the love he had for his wife and his sons. His music is just one of the great legacies that he leaves behind.
Michael was the ultimate outdoorsman. He loved to hunt in any season but especially for whitetail deer with a bow and arrow. He was also a very successful fisherman and gardener. He enjoyed telling stories of his hunting, fishing and gardening successes and never hesitated to share any secrets to those who were interested.
Michael took pride in being as self-sufficient as possible. A vehicle or any other mechanical device was sure to be fixed by his own hands, usually within the confines of his beloved garage. His greatest creation, of which he was most proud, was his custom-built trike. The trike consists of the front end of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and the back end of a Volkswagen Beetle.
He was a kind and generous soul and a mentor to many. He never hesitated to help or offer assistance of any kind to family, friends and even complete strangers. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He also loved and was loved dearly by his wife’s 15 brothers and sisters. Michael was very proud of his grandchildren, and his grandchildren looked up to him with tremendous admiration.
Michael will always live on in the loving memory of his wife, Orsolina Misico (Vasquez); his brothers, David (Julie) Misico, Jim (Connie) Misico and Duane (Barb) Misico; his first-born son, Michael (Blair) Misico and grandson, Nathan; his youngest son, Lucas (Magen) Misico and his granddaughters, Halle and Anna. Michael is also survived by nieces, nephews, many great-nieces and great-nephews.
Michael was preceded in death by his parents as well as his sisters, Arlene Watts and Jackie Baltierra.
Services will be held at New Hope Community Church in Williamsburg on Monday, Feb. 3. There will be a visitation from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The service will begin at 1 p.m. and will be followed by a luncheon.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to a Michael Misico memorial account. Checks and money orders can be sent to Fifth Third Bank at 2425 Holiday Hills Road, Traverse City, MI 49686. Please specify in the memo: For the benefit of Michael Misico.