2018-08-06 / Obituaries


Lewis Edison Neil Muir, age 86, of (Lexington, Michigan and Zephyrhills, Florida, and formerly of Brown City) was welcomed into the arms of our Lord and Savior on July 28, 2018 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Louie was born February 11, 1932 to J. Neil and M. Elizabeth (Murray) Muir in Brown City. He married the love of his life, Fancheon Joy Perry on June 21, 1953 and was blessed with 65 years of marriage. Together they had five treasured daughters, Elizabeth (William) Shephard of Auburn, Lou Ann (Paul) Hutchinson of Concord, Massachusetts, Marilyn Morris of Thompsonville, Illinois, Jeannine (Steven) Qualman of Lapeer and Dr. Donna (Mark) Grundman of Croswell.

Louie was a graduate of Brown City High School and Michigan State University Agricultural Short Course and was a retired successful dairy and crop farmer in Brown City for 62 years. The land was his life while growing and nurturing crops fed his family and his soul.

Louie was a servant of the Lord, and a lifelong proclaimer of the Word. He served as an Elder for his church, Community of Christ, and was Pastor for 7 years.

He was a wonderful energetic father and grandfather, a lover of world travel, camping with family and Pioneer ball games. Music was a huge part of his life, and with his gifted voice he sang for many friends’ weddings and funerals. For the last 21 years, he thoroughly enjoyed winters in Zephyrhills, Florida, making many friends there. To know Louie, was to know a man who loved to have fun, laugh, joke and visit; he never knew a stranger.

Louie was community minded and served as Maple Valley Township clerk for 32 years, an active member and advocate for Farm Bureau, Sanilac County 4-H and the Sanilac Soil Conservation Services. He was inducted into Michigan Farmer’s Hall of Fame in 2011 and was honored with Sugar Beet Grower of the Year Award during his career. He was also a huge proponent of education and was made Graceland University Honorary Alumni in 2010.

Louie is survived by his loving wife and five daughters. He was incredibly proud of his 17 grandchildren, Matthew (Abby) Shephard, Dr. Steven (Kari Jo) Shephard, Dr. Ryan (Stefanie) Shephard and David (Stephanie) Shephard; Lewis Hutchinson, Michael (Lauren) Hutchinson and Elizabeth Hutchinson; Dr. Maggie (Jacob) Davis, Emily (Daniel) Hartford and William Morris; Jacquelyn (Mark) Hanton JD, Kurtis (Christine) Qualman and Alexander (Amber) Qualman; Blake (Jenelle) Grundman, Garrett (Nicole) Grundman, Neil (Stephanie) Grundman and Parker Grundman. He loved to talk about his priceless legacy, his 32 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Dr. Robert (Sharon) Muir; sister, Mary June Garn; sister-inlaw, Nancy Mallo and many nieces and nephews.

While he will be deeply missed, we know he now joins loved ones who have already gained victory over life including his parents; dear sister, Marjorie Wilcox; brothers-in-law, Gary Mallo, Louis Wilcox and Richard Garn; sister-in-law, Margaret Muir and his beloved son-in-law, William Morris.

Our family would like to extend our deepest gratitude to United Hospice of Marlette for their compassionate care. Memorials may be given in memory of Lewis to Community of Christ Church in Croswell or United Hospice of Marlette.

Funeral Service was held at Carman Funeral Home. Graveside service followed in Valley Center Cemetery. Elders James McLeod and Jacob Davis officiated.

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