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Michael Lagrow

Michael LaGrow of Otsego passed away peacefully at his home Sunday night, June 10, 2018. Michael was born July 5, 1950 in Benton Harbor, Michigan to Ervin “Red” and Jean (Kranich) LaGrow. After graduating high school he served his country in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany. Michael married Sally Newington on December 11 1981 in Otsego, Michigan at Peace Lutheran Church. He was a talented wood carver, making many beautiful creations. Michael enjoyed fishing, wherever he could, whenever he could, even competing in many Bass Tournaments. He owned and operated the M & S Bait and Tackle Shop on Pine Lake for 5 years, his inventory included his handmade fishing rods. Another business endeavor of his was his Pure Class Limo Service. Michael enjoyed working around the house, was good at keeping in touch with his family, and adored his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Sally; children, Becky (Kevin) Richardson of Kalamazoo, Lisa (Luis) Fuentes of Cedar Springs, Michigan, and Steven Scott of Pierson, Michigan; grandchildren, Meghan, Daniel, Katelyn, Skyler, Austin, Michael, Marissa and Alec; great grandchildren, Mirabell, E.J., and Adaline; and his siblings Ervin (Bonnie) LaGrow of Benton Harbor, Michigan, Donna (Jim) Hypock of Buchanan, Michigan; Dick (Jane) LaGrow of Lake Orion, Michigan, Bob (Deb) LaGrow of Kalamazoo, Dan (Renee) LaGrow of Oregon and Tina (Jim) Campbell of Muskegon. He was preceded in death by his parents, his grandson Stevie, siblings Bertha, Kathryn, Patricia, George, Ted, David and Larry.

Memorial services will be held at 11am on Friday June 15th at the Solid Rock Bible Church in Delton. Contributions in memory of Michael may be made to Solid Rock Bible Church. Winkel Funeral Home in Otsego is serving the family. Messages of condolence may be posted at

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Tim and Marcia Quigley

June 13, 2018 at 2:04 pm

Dear Sally and Family,

We are so saddened to hear of Mike’s passing. Many years have gone by and we may have lost touch with each other but please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Surround yourself with your family. Cherish your memories. I have fond memories of working with Mike at Otsego Machine Shop. He was sure a character! Love to you all!


Debbie LaGrow

June 13, 2018 at 2:35 pm

Mike will be greatly missed. I loved his sense of humor and he could always make me laugh. I believe he will continue to argue on who is the best looking LaGrow.


Kathy Fretz

June 13, 2018 at 4:12 pm

Sally, so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. I always enjoyed working with him, he was a good worker and a good friend. He always worked well with the students at MCTI. I am out of town and will not be able to attend his service. Please accept my condolences and know that I am thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.

Kathy Fretz


Nancy Heiig

June 13, 2018 at 5:15 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this diffcult time.

We were old neighbors years ago. He will be missed by all who knew him.


Patricia A Turks(Schippers}

June 13, 2018 at 5:43 pm

Sally so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my Prayers


Eileen Galles Parris

June 13, 2018 at 6:58 pm

Truly enjoyed knowing ‘Spanky’ in school, always had a good time. Your family is in my thoughts & prayers at this time.



June 13, 2018 at 8:49 pm

We are to sorry to hear this sad news. We enjoyed our fried fish dinners with Mike and Sally very much. Lots of good conversation and laughter. We will truly miss him.

Mike and Joy Murphy


Cindy S Brooks

June 13, 2018 at 9:24 pm

My thoughts are with you. I sure wish I had gotten to meet him. Much love


Marjorie Westdorp

June 13, 2018 at 9:30 pm

Dear Sally,

Tom and I are in shock. We have enjoyed getting to know both of you. Enjoyed our visits at your house and you coming to ours! We love you and will continue to be there for you! You are in our thoughts and prayers! Love, Tom and Marge


Kelsey Howard & Michael LaGrow

June 13, 2018 at 9:58 pm

Mike, you’ll be greatly missed but never forgotten. In the time I met you you’ve made a difference in my life. Michael (grandson) will be proceeding in “bigger and better things” he wants to make you proud. We love you.❤️


Art Rush

June 14, 2018 at 6:18 am

Dear Sally

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. I remember when we worked together in service we had such a great time laughing about stories you would tell me about Mike. How things got crazy with him driving the Limo around for people. again my prayers and love to your family.


Tom and Mary Loughead

June 14, 2018 at 9:05 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.


John & Patty Roberts

June 14, 2018 at 7:13 pm

Oh Sally, we are so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. Let us apologize for not being able to attend the memorial but John just got out of the hospital himself today. Please know we will be thinking of you all during this trying time. Let your wonderful memories be of comfort to you. Love, John & Patty


James Walker

June 15, 2018 at 7:55 am

My condolences to Mike’s family. Spent many evenings at work many years ago laughing and talking with Mike about fishing and his family. He was always positive, upbeat and optimistic. Had a knack for making others feel good about life. He will truly be missed!


Melissa Clark & Brad Packard

June 18, 2018 at 4:48 pm

So sorry for your loss Sally, Spank was a great guy he will be missed. You will be in our prayers.


Linda Thurston Cullitan

June 19, 2018 at 11:45 am

Always had good time with Spanky….great guy!


Charlene Hulsey harbin

June 19, 2018 at 7:27 pm

I grew up with Mike! Always had a smile and warm hello to all of us! Sally you and your family are in my prayers! RIP my friend you will be missed!!


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