MICHAEL R. JOYCE
Michael R. Joyce, 80, of Lincoln, passed away Saturday, June 5, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family and “framily.” It was the end of a courageous 26-year battle with cancer that he fought with such courage and dignity.
Mike was born on March 30, 1941 to Robert and Margery (Zeigler) Joyce in Akron, Ohio. Early in his career, he held numerous roles in restaurant and hotel management. On Nov. 28, 1975, he married Patricia Johnson in Reno, Nevada and thereafter resided in Lakewood, Ohio. In 1987, they moved to Black River, Michigan and later to Lost Lake Woods Club in Lincoln. Mike owned and operated an Amusement Business known as American Sky Slides along with Black River Charter Service.
Mike and Patti created a home where love resided, memories were created, friends and family belonged, and laughter (and lectures) never ended. They raised many kids in their home, but their true pride and joy was their only son, Robert. Mike’s favorite pastimes included fishing, being papa, making his famous maple syrup, cooking, entertaining, and always “tinkering” in the garage. He was a member of the Ossineke Eagles Club and St. Catherine’s Catholic Church.
Mike is survived by his son, Robert (Katie) Joyce, of Bellaire, four grandchildren, Brayden, Lucy, Ruby, and Finn, his sister Carol (James) Canny and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia, on Dec. 1, 2005 and his brother-in-law James Canny.
There will be a Memorial Mass on Monday, June 14, 2021, at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Ossineke, MI. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. until the Mass at 11 a.m. with burial services to follow. A celebration of life will begin at the Lost Lake Woods Club pavilion at 4 p.m. Cremation arrangements were made through Gillies Funeral Home, Lincoln. Donations can be made to Hospice of Michigan.