MARQUETTE, Mich. - Steve J. "Sonny" Miskovich, 73, of Wakefield, died Sunday, July 13, 2014, in Marquette.
Steve was born in Wakefield to the late Steve and Mary (Grivicich) Miskovich on June 9, 1941. He attended the Wakefield Schools.
Steve was a member of Walleyes for Tomorrow and an avid Packer fan.
Sonny's dream came true when he purchased his Clydesdale team and sleigh. The family enjoyed many Christmas sleigh rides.
He enjoyed raising beef cattle and sheep most of his life and operated a butcher shop at home. His enjoyment was roasting pigs and sheep, and he taught many people the secrets of the trade.
His true passion was horses. He took great pride in watching his daughters show horses for many years and was involved with the Gogebic County 4-H program.
He enjoyed spending every moment with his grandchildren by either fishing, grouse hunting, camping at Lake Gogebic or just by them sitting on his lap and telling stories. His morning routine included spending time with his friends at Ma's Place in Wakefield. He dedicated his life to his children, family and friends.
He was married on Aug. 25, 1973, to Nancy Jarvi and they celebrated their 40th anniversary last year.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughters, Melissa (Craig) Talsma and Heather (Justin) Borseth, as well as his four grandchildren, Jaden Borseth, Eli Talsma, Kate Borseth and Kalli Borseth. He is also survived by seven sisters and two brothers, Anna Mae Richards, of Lake Gogebic; Mary (Gordon) Erickson, of Ironwood; Marge (Joe) Jurasin, of Bessemer, Lucille (David) Zazeski, of Ramsay, Gail (Daniel) Gerovac, of Waterloo, Ill ., Janice Miskovich, of Ironwood, Cindy (Peter) Palm, of Bessemer, Kelly (Mary) Miskovich, of Wakefield, and Joseph Miskovich, of Wakefield; two aunts, Marcella Miskovich and Kay Sibley; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Robert Miskovich and Gordon Miskovich; and sister, Clara (Miskovich) Johnson.
He was employed as owner/operator of Miskovich Brothers Logging, retiring in 2007. He also worked for Miljevich Corporation, Heath Tree and Connor Forest Industries.
Services will be held on Thursday, July 17, at All Saints Lutheran Church in Wakefield, beginning at 11 a.m. Rev. Bill Jacobson will officiate. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. until the time of service.
He will be taken by horse carriage to Lakeside Cemetery in Wakefield for burial.
Pallbearers will be Craig Talsma, Justin Borseth, Bob Jurasin, Joe Jurasin Jr ., Kurt Zazeski and Ronald Tadlock. Grandsons Jaden Borseth and Eli Talsma are honorary pallbearers.
Following a graveside service, everyone is invited to a luncheon that will be served at the Elk & Hound.
God saw he was getting tired
And a cure was not to be,
So He put His arm around him
And whispered "Come with me."
With tearful eyes we watched him suffer,
And saw him fade away.
Although we loved him dearly,
We could not make him stay.
A golden heart stopped beating.
Hard working hands put to rest,
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best.
Range Funeral Service Inc ., Frick-Zielinski Funeral Home of Bessemer is in charge of arrangements.