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Maxin G. LaMaide Sr.


June 13, 2019

WAKEFIELD, Mich. - Maxin G. LaMaide Sr., 91, a longtime resident of Wakefield, passed away Monday, June 10, 2019.

He was born on Dec. 21, 1927, in Mellen, Wis., a son of George James and Helen (Vitek) LaMaide.

Maxin proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged as a corporal on Oct. 4, 1952.

On Aug. 8, 1953, Maxin was united in marriage to the love of his life, Sylvia Ann Magnuson at Zion Lutheran Church in Ashland, Wis.

He was a lifetime member of the Wakefield Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9084 and a member of All Saints Lutheran Church. He was a Cub Scout leader and coached Little League.

Maxin especially enjoyed family gatherings and attending the activities of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, traveling and going to the casino. He absolutely loved to listen to polka music even though he never danced.

Maxin was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a man of few words, and he had a heart of gold.

He worked as a diesel mechanic at White Pine Copper Company until his retirement.

Maxin is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Sylvia; three sons, Dennis, Daniel (Jean) and Maxin Jr. "Mickey;" two daughters, Cookie (Jon) White and Cheri (Dave) Brentar; nine grandchildren, Ed (April), Bill (Sarah), Dale (Bill), Ann, Chelsi (Tommy), Laura (Mark), David (Liz), Josh (Jenna) and Christina (Matt); 15 great-grandchildren; a brother, Raymond; his sister-in-law, Bonnie LaMaide; his brother-in-law, Pat Spray; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter-in-law, Norma LaMaide; two brothers, Leonard and Gavin; and three sisters, Rene Hansen, Dulcie Spray and Rosemary Sell.

The family will greet relatives and friends on Tuesday, June 18, from 10 to 10:45 a.m., at All Saints Lutheran Church, 1202 Putnam St., in Wakefield, with the honor guard beginning at 10:15 a.m. A funeral service will follow the visitation at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Bill Jacobson officiating.

Pallbearers will be Bill, Dale, David, Mark, Matt and Josh.

A committal service and interment will take place at Lakeside Cemetery, Wakefield, with a military graveside service under the auspices of Wakefield American Legion Geroux Post 11 and Wakefield VFW Post 9084 Honor Guard, assisted by the U.P. Funeral Honors Team.

A luncheon will follow at the All Saints Lutheran Church fellowship hall.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the caring staff at Gogebic Medical Care Facility for their compassionate, professional care and the many kindnesses extended to the family.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Jerald Rocco, owner and manager of Lakeside Memorial Chapel Inc., in Wakefield. Condolences may be expressed online at


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