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Michael R. Joyce

March 30, 1941 — June 5, 2021

Michael R. Joyce, 80, of Lincoln, passed away Saturday, June 5, 2021, at his home surrounded by his family and “framily.” It was the end of a courageous 26-year battle with cancer that he fought with such courage and dignity. Mike was born on March 30, 1941, to Robert and Margery (Zeigler) Joyce in Akron, Ohio. Early in his career, he held numerous roles in restaurant and hotel management. On November 28, 1975, he married Patricia Johnson in Reno, Nevada and there after resided in Lakewood, Ohio. In 1987, they moved to Black River, Michigan and later to Lost Lake Woods Club in Lincoln. Mike owned and operated an Amusement Business known as American Sky Slides along with Black River Charter Service. Mike and Patti created a home where love resided, memories were created, friends and family belonged, and laughter (and lectures) never ended. They raised many kids in their home, but their true pride and joy was their only son, Robert. Mike’s favorite pastimes included fishing, being papa, making his famous maple syrup, cooking, entertaining, and always “tinkering” in the garage. He was a member of the Ossineke Eagles Club and St. Catherine’s Catholic Church. Mike is survived by his son, Robert (Katie) Joyce of Bellaire; four grandchildren, Brayden, Lucy, Ruby, and Finn; his sister Carol (James) Canny and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia, on December 1, 2005, and his brother-in-law James Canny. There will be a Memorial Mass on Monday, June 14, 2021, at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Ossineke, MI. Visitation will begin at 10:00 am until the Mass at 11:00 AM with burial services to follow. A celebration of life will begin at the Lost Lake Woods Club pavilion at 4pm. Cremation arrangements were made through Gillies Funeral Home, Lincoln. Donations can be made to Hospice of Michigan. To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Michael R. Joyce, please visit our flower store.

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