Joseph M. “Mike” Sagataw, 69, 5145 Ridgeview Road, Wilson, passed away on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at his home.
He was born in Harris on February 15, 1945 the son of Levi and Helen (Petoskey) Sagataw.
Mike graduated from Bark River-Harris in 1960.
Mike attended the University Southern California and Lake Superior State University where he studied his native language.
He served in the United States Marine Corps from March 23, 1964 until his honorable discharge on March 8, 1968. He received the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.
After his discharge Mike moved to Milwaukee, WI, where he worked as a counselor and taught Native Education. Upon moving back to Hannahville in 1990, he opened the gift shop at the Island Resort and Casino and taught basket weaving.
Mike enjoyed traveling internationally, basket weaving, native arts, and speaking the native language.
He was a financial officer and chaplain of Hannahville American Legion Post 116.
Mike is survived by his sisters, Rose (Clarence) Gill and Betty Williams (David Diedrick) of Hannahville; brothers, Phillip “Bart” (Corina) Sagataw of Boise, ID, Levi (Karen) Sagataw and Donald (Paula) Sagataw of Hannahville, Vaugh Sagataw of Sault Ste Marie, MI; aunt, Viola Pine of Gwinn; good friend, Dion Seymour of Escanaba; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Kenneth, Lawrence, Harvey, Francis; sisters, Irene Mancilla, Florence Silver, and infant sister, Anita Elaine Sagataw.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 after 4 p.m. at the Hannahville Community Center. Hannahville American Legion Post 116 will have military rites at 7 p.m. Services will begin on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Community Center.
Burial will be in Bark River Cemetery.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Sagataw family.