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Richard (Smack) L. Semasky, Sr.

August 14, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

ZEBA - Richard L. Semasky, Sr., 75, of Zeba, walked on peacefully at home surrounded by his close friends and family on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012.

Smack was born April 17, 1937, in L'Anse, son of John and Delia (Santeline) Semasky. He grew up in L'Anse and joined the U.S. Air Force in 1954.

Smack was a longtime fisherman from Bay Mills and was one of the first law enforcement officers for the Bay Mills Indian Community before moving back to L'Anse and taking a job with the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Conservation in the mid-'80s. He spent over 25 years on the job and ultimately retired as the Supervisor of law enforcement for all tribes surrounding the Great Lakes for the entire Western District of Michigan with offices as far as Moe Lake, Wis., to Watersmeet and Bay Mills.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and the Ojibwa Seniors.

Smack loved hunting, fishing and enjoyed cooking and smoking fish. He also enjoyed spending time with his best friends, Robbie and R.B., Nikki and Rob.

He is survived by his long-time very special friend, Gwen Loonsfoot of Zeba; five sons, Irving A. (Susan) Teeple of Ohio, Michael Semasky of Georgia, Richard (Lydia) Semasky, Jr. of Brimley, John (Jodi) Semasky of Traverse City and Dale Semasky of Shingleton; three daughters, Elaine (Elmer) Lehre of Sault Ste. Marie and Joy (Dave) Hunt of Brimley; grandchildren, Christopher, Gisele and Stephanie Teeple, Stephanie and Steven Semasky, Tasheena McCullough and Casey Spencer-Semasky, Kayla Semasky, Dale, Joseph, Joshua and Dillon Semasky, Darren, Megan and Emily Lehre and Jayna Hunt; nieces, Carol Holland and Delia (Robert) Bowen; nephew, William (Scooby) Schofield (Tweek); and several great-grandchildren.

Smack was predeceased by his parents; wife, Terese (Rapson); sisters, Jean and Gracie; brothers, Harold, Elmer and Raymond; son, Robert; and granddaughter, Alicia.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, at 11 a.m. in the Ojibwa Seniors Ceremonial Room in Baraga. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Indian Pinery Cemetery in L'Anse with military rites conducted by the Baraga County Area Veterans under the direction of American Legion Post 444.

The Jacobson Funeral Home in L'Anse is in charge of arrangements.

Friends may sign Smack's guest book or send condolences to the family at



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