Jared Kyle Lantagne, 21, of Escanaba, passed away on Sunday, December 25, 2016 at Marquette General Hospital.
He was born on October 9, 1995 in Escanaba, son of Joseph Liss and Melissa (Lantagne) Kaukola. Jared was a lifelong resident of Escanaba and graduated from Escanaba High School, class of 2014.
Jared had been employed with Splash of Color but currently was a shift supervisor at KFC.
At the young age of three, Jared helped his grandpa build a deer blind and continued his woodworking skills throughout his life. He was a very talented artist who spoke, through his work. Besides woodworking, Jared enjoyed metalworking and also built a forge while in school and was currently working towards getting it running. He also enjoyed fishing, collecting, gaming, writing, photography, reading, cooking, playing the game Magic and especially spending time with friends and family.
Jared was previously involved in the Boy Scouts attaining the rank of Life Scout. He was also a Red Cross Blood Donor. His gift of helping others continued in his wishes to be an organ donor and to give others the gift of life.
Jared is survived by his mother Melissa “Missy” and step-father Steven Kaukola of Escanaba; brother, Joseph “Joey” Lantagne of Escanaba; half-brother and sisters, Joshua (Serena) Liss of Portland, Jenna (Jason) Moua of Green Bay and Kristin Naylor of Madison; maternal grandparents, Kenneth and Patricia Lantagne of Schaffer; paternal grandparents, Robert (Roberta) Liss and Marilyn (Ronald) Smith all of Escanaba; great grandmother, Stella Viau of Powers; aunts, Tracy (Rusty Bower) Lantagne of Eustis and Kelly (Nicholas) Cox of Louisiana; Jim (Julie) Liss of Bark River, Jon (Amy) Liss of Escanaba; several great aunts, great uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Liss; great grandparents, Ned and Elaine Lantagne; and great grandfather, Raymond Viau.
Visitation will be on Thursday, December 29th from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba. The funeral service will follow at 5 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Patrick Bradway of New Life Assembly of God Church officiating. A meal will follow at the funeral home in the dining area, with the assistance of Missy’s church family. For those wishes to assist with a food donation, it can be brought to the funeral home.
Burial will take place in the spring at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Schaffer.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Jared Lantagne Memorial Fund, in care of Delta County Credit Union, 2600 1st Ave South, Escanaba, MI 49829.
Jared would not want others to hurt by his passing, but to smile and rejoice in the angel he has become.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the family.