Michael “Mike” E. Hamilton, age 54, of Farwell, long time resident, business owner and community member passed away suddenly on Saturday, July 6, 2013. Mike was born the son of Russell Earl and Madeline (Henry) Hamilton on October 14, 1958 in Charleston, West Virginia. He was united in marriage to Gina Garant on August 29, 1980. Mike was owner/operator of Hamilton’s Garage in Farwell since 1991. He was a member of his High School Wrestling Team; but Car Racing was his passion. He had raced Figure 8 derby cars for over 25 years; having won the State Figure 8 Championship in 1999. Mike worked tirelessly with the Farwell Labor Day Committee as well as the Pere Marquette Snowmobile Club. He enjoyed playing Texas Hold’em Poker but his true love was his family, especially his grandchildren.
Mike is survived by his wife, Gina; his mother Madeline of Farwell; sons Michael Ryan (Tia) of Farwell and Wesley Thomas (Megan) of Indianapolis, Indiana; siblings Patty (Brian) McHenry of Boydton, Virginia, Rebecca (James) Parks of Otisville, Saudia Jill (Darrell) Petersen of Ionia, Russell Earl (Vicki) Hamilton of Farwell, Earl Edward (Peggy) Hamilton of Farwell, Steven (Joye) Hamilton of Avon, Indiana and Shannon (Rob) Mester of Greensburg, Kentucky; his grandchildren Michele and Mikayla; mother-in-law Katherine Garant of Farwell, brother-in-law Jeffery (Jania) Garant of Rapid River, sister-in-law Melissa (Jim) Richmond of Farwell; as well as many nieces, nephews, other family and friends. Mike was predeceased by his father.
Services were held on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the Farwell Chapel of Stephenson-Wyman Funeral Home with Pastor Tim Fall officiating. Burial will be in the Surrey Twp. Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 2-9 P.M. Memorial contributions may be made to the Surrey Twp. Fire Department or to the Surrey Twp. Public Library. Please consider leaving the Hamilton family an on-line condolence at www.stephenson-wyman.com