PELKIE - Mike E. Grannis, 61, died peacefully in his home on July 2, 2012, after a long illness. He was the husband of Denise Vandeville and the father of Levi Vandeville Grannis.
Born in Oneida, New York, in 1950, he was the son of William and Ruth Grannis, both deceased.
Mike lived and worked all over North America, from repairing trains in Alaska to custom fabrication in Arizona, before settling in Alston with his family in 1996.
Mike and Denise had been married 18 years and spent their time traveling, restoring the homestead and enjoying the woods that surrounds it.
Mike was the Quality Control manager for Pettibone in Baraga for a majority of the years he lived in the Keweenaw Peninsula.
He reveled and excelled in anything mechanical, helping many neighbors and building anything from bicycles with tiller engines to pulling tractors. His last unfinished project, which he worked on up until a week before he was bedridden, was a 1927 Model T Coupe that he was reconstructing with Levi.
Surviving along with his wife and son are two sisters, Susan Messegee of Winston, Mo., and Carol Nettles of Las Vegas, Nev.; parents-in-law, Nancy and Porky Hansen of Gladstone, John and Kirsten Vandeville of Rapid River; brother-in-law, John M. Vandeville.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Mike's life on his birthday, Monday, July 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. The encomium will start at 7 p.m. at the Laird Township Hall, Alston Ave., Alston.