1934 Robert 2022

Robert Michael "Mike" "Chief" Dwyer

August 23, 1934 — May 26, 2022

St. Louis

     Robert Michael "Mike" "Chief" Dwyer, age 87, of St. Louis, MI, passed away Thursday, May 26, 2022, at Maple View Retirement Community, Ithaca.

      Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes, St. Louis, MI, on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Jake Gregory officiating.  Burial will take place at Oak Grove Cemetery, St. Louis, MI. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, from 6-8 P.M.

     R. Michael Dwyer was born in Clare, Michigan on August 23, 1934, the son of Thomas Earl and Dora May (Allan) Dwyer.  He graduated from Clare High School with the class of 1953.  As a boy, he ran the streets of Clare with his three brothers, a raucous bunch. They now have a street named after them.  Mike married Lelah May Allen at St. Cecilia's Church in Clare on April 11, 1955.  They have been blessed with 67 years of marriage.

     Mike proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1955 to 1957.  He was stationed in Korea. Mike was a life member of the Knights of Columbus.  He served as Past Grand Knight and Past Faithful Navigator.    Before enlisting, Mike started cutting meat for the Giant Market at the age of 16.  In 1959, he moved to St. Louis to work for Elsley's IGA.  In 1966, he bought Dwyer's Superette in St. Louis which he operated until 1977.  He then began to work in sales for Holt Equipment until his retirement in 1997.

     For 62 years, Mike and Lelah owned property at Springwood Lake in Harrison.  He had many happy times with his family. This is where "Grandpa Chief" taught his grandchildren how to fish and drive the pontoon; and also taught some of them how to swim.  "Chief" found pleasure in hunting, taking his family on memorable trips to the hunting cabin in the U.P.  He enjoyed music and loved to whistle.  He had a great sense of humor. Everyone has memories of "Chief's" stories.

     He is survived by his wife Lelah; six children: Deborah (Richard) Howd of St. Louis, MI; Marsha (Tom) Fisher of Harrison, MI; Mark (Melissa) Dwyer of Ithaca, MI; Terrance (Lark Ettinger) Dwyer of Shepherd, MI; Michael Dwyer of St. Louis, MI; and Amy (James) Whitney of Marion, MI; and son-in-law Wayne Steele of Elwell, MI. He is also survived by eighteen grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter, his brother James (Jean) Dwyer, sister-in-law Mary Dwyer, and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Theresa Steele, three brothers: Raymond Dwyer, Thomas (Rena) Dwyer, and John Dwyer; and four sisters: Marjorie (Arthur) Thayer, Kathryn (Ray) Chamberlain, Rosemary Schofield, and Annabelle Dwyer.

     Memorials may be made to the Rich & Helen Hospice Suite, 4396 S. Luce Rd., Ithaca, MI 48847 or T.A. Cutler Library, St. Louis. Online condolences may be made at www.smithfamilyfuneralhomes.com. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, St. Louis, Michigan.

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Visitation

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

6:00 - 8:00pm (Eastern time)

Smith Family Funeral Homes St Louis

117 North East Street , St. Louis, MI 48880

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Funeral Service

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

11:00am - 12:00pm (Eastern time)

Smith Family Funeral Homes St Louis

117 North East Street , St. Louis, MI 48880

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Burial

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

12:00 - 1:00pm (Eastern time)

Smith Family Funeral Homes St Louis

117 North East Street , St. Louis, MI 48880

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