Michael Peter Lemon, age 61, of Bemidji, Minnesota began his journey to the spirit world on Thursday, April 25, 2019 from the Sanford Hospital in Bemidji, MN. He was born on December 13, 1957 in Milwaukee, WI to Delores (Steffes) and John Joseph Lemon, Sr.
Michael was a well-known artist of Native Art and will live on through his art work. He attended and graduated from Bemidji High School in 1975. During his junior year of high school, he helped lead the Bemidji Lumberjacks to a State Basketball Championship. After graduation, Michael joined the United States Navy serving his country until an injury forced his discharge. Michael returned home to Bemidji and became a walk-on for the Bemidji State University Basketball team. In the ‘90’s, Michael was the proud owner and operator of Eagle Eye Optics, an optometry store in Bemidji, for five years. He had a passion for Tae-Kwon-Do and dancing at powwows with his family and friends. Michael loved his family more than anything else in this world and will be missed by all of them.
Family that Michael is reunited with are his wife; Marjorie Gale-Smith Lemon, son; Travis Lemon, father; John Joseph Lemon, Sr., brother; John Joseph Lemon, Jr. and grandparents; Gavino and Elizabeth (Taylor) Limon.
Those left behind to cherish his memory are his sons; Ryan (Winona) Lemon, Sr. of McGregor, MN, Chad (Liz) Lemon of Minneapolis, MN and Nick (Madeline) Lemon of Arizona, daughters; Brooke (Sean) Traynor of Minneapolis, MN, Amanda (Jason) Goodfallow of Minneapolis, MN, and Crystal (Eli) Lemon of Cincinnati, OH, mother; Delores Lemon of Cass Lake, MN, brothers; Douglas Limon, Daniel (Jean) Lemon, Sr. and Joseph Lemon, sister; Gina (Chris Bedeau) Lemon, step-children; Dustin Smith, Nicole Blackwolf and Joseph Blackwolf, Jr., 12 grandchildren, nieces and nephews; Jaime, Ashlee, Sola, BobbyJon, Douglas Jr., Dan Jr., Zach, Lance, Justin Sr. and Joshua, numerous other relatives and many friends.
A wake for Michael will begin at 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 1st and continue until his 11:00 a.m. funeral service on Friday, May 3rd all taking place at the Veteran’s Memorial Building in Cass Lake, MN. Pastor Mark Peske and Spiritual Advisor Mike Smith will officiate. Pallbearers for Michael will be Joshua Hare, Lance Erickson, Jusitn Erickson, Mario Rodriguez, Robert Jaspers, Travis Huesers and Jage Hunt. His honorary pallbearers are Mike Castillo, Fred Lovelace, Archie LaRose, Daniel Hegland and Gary Hanson. Interment will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery at Cass Lake, MN following services.
Michael’s care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.northernpeace.com