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Joseph Wayne DeCota

November 26, 1949 — June 25, 2019

Joseph "Butchie" Wayne DeCota, age 69 of Baraga, MI passed away on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at his home.

He was born November 26, 1949 in "Beartown" Baraga, MI son of Joseph and Marie (Arsanault) DeCota. Joe graduated from L'Anse High School. He worked for a the gas company in L'Anse, tribal Construction, Erickson's Saw Mill, Menominee River Lumber for 18 years, and Ojibwa Building Supply until retirement. He was married to Mary Geroux and they had a daughter Teri; then he was with Mary Bianco for 15 years and they had Joey. Joe enjoyed riding his 4-wheeler with his dog Albie, hanging out with friends, having fun and partying. Most important to Joe was his family. His children and grandchildren were his pride and joy.

Surviving are his daughter Teri DeCota of Gwinn; son Joey DeCota on Marinette WI; siblings, Allen (Lori) DeCota, Mike DeCota both of L'Anse, Ron DeCota, Dave DeCota both of Baraga, Joel DeCota of MN; niece Kelly Shelifoe of Zeba; grandchildren, Christian DeCota, Kara Hazen, Philip Edwards Jr; great grandchild Kayden Varline; Mary Bianco of Marinette; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Preceding him in death are his parents; ex-wife Mary Geroux; nephews, Frederick and Allen Shelifoe; siblings, Margaret Shelifoe and Brian Chosa.

A traditional funeral ceremony along with a feast will be held on Friday, June 28th at 11 a.m. at the Zeba KBIC hall. Jacobson Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

KBIC Zeba Hall

, Zeba, MI 49946

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