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Michael Lee Jameson

September 29, 1987 — March 1, 2024

West Branch, MI

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Michael Lee Jameson, age 36, of West Branch, MI, died tragically in an automobile accident on Friday, March 1, 2024, in West Branch. He was born September 29, 1987, to Dennis and Nancy (Ranger) Jameson at Tolfree Memorial Hospital in West Branch.


He grew up in West Branch where he was an active child, playing Little League, Ogemaw Browns Football, Ogemaw Heights Football and Baseball, and being part of the FFA. Michael loved the Ogemaw County Fair where he raised pigs with 4-H for many years. His family will note that he was also an active wrestler and caused fun chaos wherever he went.


Michael was never hard to find, with his blond hair and distinguishable, smug, almost devious grin. If you knew Michael, you know exactly what that grin looked like. After graduating from Ogemaw Heights High School in 2006, Michael would later enlist in the United States Army where he bravely served his country from April 26, 2007, until October 25, 2020. He was a highly decorated soldier, with his most prestigious award being a bronze star.


Other than his beautiful children, the Army was Michael’s best life. In this environment, his best traits were able to shine brightest, and his accomplishments were many. Don’t worry though, in the midst of serving, he still managed to cause a little bit of that fun chaos he was so known for. During his 13 years of service to his country, Michael spent 39 months on deployment overseas in combat situations. With tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, he developed a family with his brothers and sisters in arms. Michael never lacked love and support from his guys.


In 2020, Michael honorably separated from the United States Army, completing his duty and service to his country, and moving back to his hometown to be close to his children and family. He was working on the Kartes Farm, giving him the daily solace he needed and was seeking.


After purchasing a home, Michael worked to resettle his roots in West Branch, but those close to him know, and it was no secret, his heart was still in the Army. To his last day he shared with those around him that he was ready to go back. His most honest and proud life was as a soldier, serving his country, and we will always remember the amazing solider that he was.


Michael would often be found at the farm, bowling alley, or football field coaching his son. You could see him riding his motorcycle, spending time with friends, or gathering with his family. He was notorious for bear hugs and tickle torturing his kids, nieces, and nephews. Michael was a sweet, kind, caring, goofy, and some would say mischievous soul…but only in the best ways. His loss is significant and shattering.


Michael was a beloved son, grandson, uncle, and friend. He was a cherished father by his four beautiful children, including Ryan 15, Lucas and Cody 14, and Halee 12. They will forever remember and miss his goofy antics and big bear hugs. He is also survived by his mother, Nancy Jameson of St. Helen, MI; father, Dennis (Vicki Barnes) Jameson of West Branch; sister, Amanda (Dennis) Parks of Houghton Lake, MI; brothers, Nathan (Andrea Gray) Rachow of West Branch and Danny (Michelle) Rachow of West Branch; grandparents, Joe and Nancy Ranger of West Branch; aunts and uncles, Barb and Tim Wynkoop, Joe and Basia Ranger, and Jake and April Jameson; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.


He is preceded in death by his sister Leslie Jameson, brother Kurtis Jameson, grandparents Donald and Pat Jameson, cousin Jonathan Wynkoop, and sister in law Kathy Rachow.


The life that Michael Lee Jameson lived, and the energy he brought to this world, was both intoxicating and addicting. Anyone who was on the receiving end of his hugs, the finger followed by his smug grin, or a smile and a wave will forever hold a piece of that exuberant personality we all knew and loved.


Michael’s family wants to give a special thanks to John and Christa Campbell of Kentucky for being the family Michael loved and needed in his times away from his home and family. They showed him incredible love, support, and kindness. We are forever grateful.


The memorial service will be held at Ogemaw Hills Free Methodist Church in West Branch on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. with visitation beginning at 11:00 a.m. Pastor David Kurtz will officiate. Burial of ashes will follow at Brookside Cemetery in West Branch with military honors.


Online condolences can be shared at www.steuernolmclaren.com




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Saturday, March 16, 2024

11:00am - 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

Ogemaw Hills Free Methodist Church

3480 M-76, West Branch, MI 48661

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Memorial Service

Saturday, March 16, 2024

Starts at 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

Ogemaw Hills Free Methodist Church

3480 M-76, West Branch, MI 48661

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