Michael O. Lareau, age 94, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Friday, April 26, 2019. Michael was born in Detroit, one of twelve children and served in World War II as a Navy pilot. He is a graduate of the University of Detroit. In 1955 he came to Grand Rapids and began his career in radio broadcasting and after serving in many capacities went on to purchase WOOD AM/FM. Michael also served as president of the Peninsular Club and Cascade Hills Country Club. He was a wonderful husband, father and Grandpa/Poppa. Michael loved golfing and summers at Mountain Beach, especially leading the 4th of July celebrations.
Michael was preceded in death by his son, Bob; brothers, Larry, Eugene, David, Arthur and Phillip; sisters, Louise, Isabel, Mary Elizabeth and Corrine. Michael is survived by his wife of 60 years, Donna; his children, Nancy (Les) Meuret, Jim Lareau, Michael (Sue) Lareau Jr., Mary (Don) Smith; daughter-in-law, Lucie Lareau; sisters, Carol (Micky) Kelly and Jeanette Werner; 14 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Sunday, April 28 from 5-8pm at O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel, 3980 Cascade Rd SE, Grand Rapids, 49546. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Paul the Apostle, 2750 Burton St SE, Grand Rapids, on Monday, April 29 at 11AM with Fr. Peter Damian presiding, with visitation one hour prior. Eulogy at 10:45AM.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Michael’s name to the Salvation Army, 235 E. Fulton St, PO Box 1873, Grand Rapids, 49503 or Father Solanus Casey Center – Detroit, 1780 Mt Elliott St, Detroit, MI 48207.