Isadore “Blu” Misegan
ZEBA – Isadore Misegan, age 83, of Zeba, passed away Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at his home with his family at his side after a long illness.
Blu was born Oct. 6, 1929 to John and Hattie (Spruce) Misegan in Zeba. He attended the Zeba Foote School.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy, sailing with the Pacific Fleet. After receiving an honorable discharge, he married Marie Salo in 1959.
They moved to Lower Michigan where Blu graduated from Greene’s Barber College.
Blu and Marie had four children, Duane, Mark, Lynn and John and moved back to the Upper Peninsula in 1975.
Blu then worked at a barbershop at K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base. In 1977, Blu and his family moved to L’Anse and he established his own barbershop which he ran until the mid-80’s. He also served as a Tribal Conservation Officer from 1977 to 1979. After closing shop, Blu ventured into the casino business becoming the lead slot tech at the Ojibwa Casino until his retirement in 2000.
In 2000, Blu married Ann Durant and gained step-daughters, Carolyn and Mary Lou Jossens.
Blu was a member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and served as a Tribal Council member for 12 years. He was also the chairman of the Ojibwa Housing Authority for many years. He was a member of the Zeba Indian Mission United Methodist Church, Ojibwa Senior Citizens and a proud member of the KBIC Veteran Honor Guard and enjoyed attending events with them.
Blu was an avid Detroit Lions fan. He loved bingo or “work”, as he called it and went as often as he could. He enjoyed playing slots and traveling to casinos. He was concerned about fellow veterans and had an interest in providing for them. He had a great sense of humor and loved to make people laugh. His family was very important to him and he loved them unconditionally.
Blu is survived by his sons, Duane (Jennifer) of L’Anse, Mark of Baraga and John (Sharon) of Marquette; his daughter, Lynn (Randall) Haataja of L’Anse; their mother, Marie Salo of Zeba; step-daughters, Carolyn and Mary Lou Jossens; grandchildren, Heather, Travis, Hannah, Jennie, Jake, Deena and Kristina; great-grandchildren, Aleeyah, Destin, Alan and Liam; step-grandchildren, Anthony, Johnny, Emily, Luanne, Veronica, Jackie, Joey, Jake and Abby; step great-grandchildren, Asalia, Lucas and Preslee. Also surviving are his sisters, Patricia Hickman of Lake Orion, Mich. and Anabelle Decota of Baraga, numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ann; his brothers, Alan, Cecil and David; sisters, Doris, Myrtle, Alice, Dorothy and Rolene; and infant grandson, Charlie.
Funeral services for Blu will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Mar. 1, 2013, in the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse, with Reverend Steve Rhoades officiating. The family will greet friends in the funeral home on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. A parish prayer service will be recited at 7:45. Visitation will continue on Friday from 10 a.m. until time of services. Baraga County Area Veterans, under the direction of the Baraga American Legion Post 444 will conduct Military Honors on Friday morning at 10:30 a.m.
Following the funeral services, the family invites friends to join them for fellowship and a luncheon in the Ojibwa Senior Citizens, Baraga. Spring interment will take place in the Pinery Cemetery, L’Anse.
Blu’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at rfsc.net.
The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel in L’Anse has been entrusted with arrangements.