Michael John Lanasa, Jr., age 60, of 7609 South Lake Bluff 0.5 Drive Gladstone (Escanaba Twp.) passed away at home on Saturday, January 19th, 2008 following a lengthy illness.
Michael was born June 29th, 1947 in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Michael John Lanasa, Sr. and the former Ruth Ward and was raised in Baltimore. Mike attained the status of Eagle Scout in Essex, Maryland during his formative years. After graduating Kenwood High School in 1965, he received his BA Degree in Forestry in1969 from the University of West Virginia. In 1971, Mike received his Masters Degree in Forestry and land management from the same university. In addition, while in college he was a member of ROTC. On August 23rd, 1969, Mike married the former Linda D. Devett in Baltimore and together raised two children. From October of 1971 through October of 1973, Mike served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged as 1st Lieutenant.
Michael began his career with the United States Forest Service in West Virginia in 1973 and he later took a transfer with the U.S. Forest Service in 1974 to Delta County where he was employed and has resided since.
Mike Lanasa was an active member of the Memorial United Methodist Church of Delta County, the committee for the
Linda & family,
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Mike was a caring, dedicated and unbelieveable person. He loved his family and nature and he made an indeliable impression on so many lives. He will be sorely missed.
Dave & Carol Hirn / Don & Liza Darmogray
City: Gladstone, MI
We extend our deep sympathy to the Lanasa family at this very difficult time in your lives. The strength from God above along with family & friends is what gets us through this life into a better one beyond, God’s peace be with you……we will never forget what a help you were Linda with our parent’s passing.
Dale & Sherry Winchester
Dear Linda, Matt, Holly and extended family
What a man! Whether I was talking to Mike at the ballfields, church or just around town he was also so thoughtful. We served on many committees together at church and he was always thinking of others and putting those people first. Will always remember hearing the hymm #77 when it comes time to make a hymm selection at church. He surely thought the world of his family and those friends around him. He is at peace and with our Lord and we will take those memories that he so freely gave and let those memories help heal our hearts. Your in my prayers and thoughts.
Mike will be missed by many; I/we have lost a dear friend. I worked with MIke for 13 years and valued his caring, support, friendship and love for the land and resources. As important as his work and caring for the land was to him, his greatest love was for his wife Linda, his son, daughter and their spouses, and for his grandchildren. Mike’s eyes lit up whenever he talked about them and he kept pictures of them around him always!
I will never forget his creativity in trying to find ways to keep Jeb with him and Jude when I moved away. Or the jokes we played on each other in good fun. I also miss swapping lunches and especially Mikes homemade deep dish pizza!
I will miss talking to you my good friend…until we meet in heaven.
Linda, Holly, Matt and family, my deepest sympathy is with you for this time of separation…may you feel God’s arms surrounding you in peace and love as Mike is sitting by Jesus’ side.
Love, Lee Ann, Jeb and Cedar
Lee Ann Loupe
Grand Junction, CO
Knowing Mike as our “Stonington” neighbor he showed his love and respect for nature, enjoyment of the outdoors and calm and caring personality. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Linda, Holly and Matt.
Gary and Kathy Maynard