KENTON, Mich. - Daniel Joseph Archambeau, 77, of Kenton, passed away Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at Baraga County Memorial Hospital.
He was born July 24, 1935, in Baraga, son of Joseph and Marie (Kaurala) Archambeau. Dan graduated from Baraga High School in 1954, went into the U.S. Army for four years and was with the National Guard for 26 years.
He received an associate's degree from Wayne State University in Detroit.
Dan lived locally while working for the Upper Peninsula Power Co. for about 35 years, retiring in 1996.
Dan enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling, camping and building his log cabin in Kenton. He began running marathons in 1980 when he was 45 years old. By 1993, he had run a marathon in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. By 1998, he had run in all Canadian provinces. Nanasivik was his favorite marathon to run and he ran it at least seven times, including a double marathon of 52 miles. By 2003, he had run a marathon on every continent, having completed a total of 200 full marathons before retiring from running. He cherished his close relationships with fellow marathoners around the world.
Surviving are his spouse, Lois Brown of Kenton; two daughters, Carol (Gerry) Deschaine of L'Anse and Michelle (Stuart) Francois of L'Anse; step-children, Arin (Doug) Morton of Sebring, Fla., and John (Cathy) Brown of Kernersville, N.C.; brothers, Peter (Carol) Archambeau of Baraga and Treffles Archambeau of Fla.; sisters, JoAnne Hansen of Deadwood, S.D., Carol Hocking of South Range and Frances (Rudy) Kastelic of Calumet; grandchildren, Amanda Sparks, Lisa Deschaine, Jared Deschaine, Dominic Francois, Nathan Francois, Madeleine Morton, Maxime Morton and Abigail Brown; great-grandchildren, Damon Paris, Andromeda Anderson and Nora Francois; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be on Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Jacobson Funeral Home in L'Anse. Parish prayer services will be recited at 7:30 p.m. by Deacon John Cadeau. The Funeral Mass will be on Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. Ann's Church in Baraga with Fr. John Longbucco officiating. Burial will be in the Baraga Cemetery where the Baraga County Area Veterans will conduct military rites under the direction of American Legion Post 444.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1480 W. Center Rd., Suite 1, Essexville, MI 48732.
Friends may sign Dan's guestbook or send condolences to jacobsonfuneralhome.com.