SILVER CITY, Mich. — Wayne L. Shamion, of Silver City, passed away on April 9, 2014, at Cranberry Park Memory of Clio, his home for the past year.
Wayne was born in Iron River, son of the late Martin and Merle (Johnson) Shamion. He graduated from Iron River High School in 1960 and served in the U.S. Navy from 1964 to 1967. Upon his return to the Upper Peninsula, Wayne worked as a maintenance man at White Pine Copper until his retirement. He was a member of the Ontonagon VFW Post 5600.
Wayne was a talented singer and musician, playing with area bands for many years. The Ontonagon area group “Easy Money” got its name from Wayne. He loved “old” country — preferring Merle Haggard, George Jones and Johnny Cash. He also loved his home in the woods along Lake Superior, spending hours walking there. In 2009, Wayne was diagnosed with fronto-temporal dementia and in 2012, moved to lower Michigan to reside in a memory center near his daughter, Brenda. His last year was spent at Cranberry Park Memory of Clio, where he received extraordinary care and was truly loved by those who work there.
Wayne is survived by his wife, Cathy, Silver City; his daughter, Brenda (Scott) Cameron, Clio; grandchildren, Gavin Jencks and Elissa Jencks, Clio; brothers, Ron (Josie), Robert (Sharon) and Dan (Connie), Ontonagon; sister, Kathleen (Bob) Pattison; mother-in-law, Ruth Giuliano, White Pine; stepchildren, Randy Koski, Todd (Tammy) Koski and Lorcie (Michael) Ford and families; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents.
The family thanks the staff at Cranberry Park Memory and of Heartland Hospice for their amazing care for Wayne and for members of the family through Wayne’s last months.
A memorial event and celebration of Wayne’s life will be scheduled for a later date.
The family was assisted by Temrowski Family Funeral Home of Fenton.