of Gregory, MI, formerly of Garden City, age 62, died peacefully Thursday, January 24, 2013 at his home with his loving wife by his side. He was born November 6, 1950 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Eugene Stanley & Joan Rita (Lane) Cupps.

Mike graduated from Crestwood High School in Dearborn Heights.  He served as an aircraft mechanic in the US Naval Reserves. Mike worked for CSX Railroad as a conductor until May 2009.  He volunteered with the Shriners. He loved gardening, fishing, cooking and baking, and he worked on cars and motorcycles.

Survivors include his wife, Janice Marie (Kochanowski) Cupps; mother, Joan Rantala; a son, Michael Ryan Slavens of Milford; three daughters, Shelly (Jeffrey) Hayes of Gregory, Christine Cupps of Gregory, April Cupps of Novi; a brother, Geoffrey Rantala of Carleton; 4 grandchildren, Danielle Hood, Christopher Gordenier, Drew & Jon Hayes, and a grandson expected in May.  He was preceded in death by two brothers, Rick Cupps and David Cupps, and his father.

A funeral service was held Saturday, January 26, 3:00 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Rev. Suzanne Walls officiating. Family  received friends on Saturday from 1-3:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.


#7 Damon Williams 2013-01-29 10:11
My condolences to the Cupps. Its difficult when a family looses a father and husband. May the "God of all Comfort" be with you at this time. (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4). May you find peace in good memories of Mike.
#6 Anne Schram 2013-01-25 22:12
All my love, thoughts and prayers are with Janice and her family!! Although Mike has been struggling with health issues for the past years-his wife and family were there to support/care for him! I've only met Mike a few times but he always was cracking jokes and/or teasing someone! He will surely be missed but now can rest peacefully with Our Lord!
#5 Joe Wheat 2013-01-25 19:17
Went to work with Mike on the Railroad in the early 70's and a bunch of us kinda grew up together. We sure had alot of fun. I'll miss him.
#4 S,B.Woodcox 2013-01-25 16:16
Writing memories is a path back from grief, a way through it, and a means “to hold on to love.”
#3 Therese Zaborowski 2013-01-25 15:41
Sending our deepest sympathy and prayers to all of you. Mike is in God's care now and at peace. God Bless everyone. Love, Therese, Mitch & Travis
#2 Chuck Martel 2013-01-25 13:01
To Janice, all of Mikes children and grandchildren who I'm sure loved him very much, and I am sure will miss him very much. Mike was one of my brother, Alan Martel's friends but, I knew him pretty well. I always liked Mike. I don't remember a time seeing him without that smile on his face, and that laugh that he had, that had the sound of someone that just got away with something. He was one of those guys you always had a good time around. The last time I seen Mike, it was several years ago, it was at a store here in Garden City. I talked with him for a bit and when I left I thought to myself, it was really good to see him again. Like I said, he was one of my brothers friends so, I didn't see that much of him. But, I will surely miss him now that he is gone. Sincerely, Chuck Martel.
#1 Cole Funeral Chapel 2013-01-25 10:45
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