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.

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