Gorsuch, Lincoln

Lincoln Gorsuch, 83, of Crystal,  Mich., and formerly of Dimondale, Mich., died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, in Alma, Mich. 

Lincoln was born Feb. 12, 1935, in Wauseon, Ohio, the son of Clarence Henry and Orlena (Bailey) Gorsuch. He graduated from Morenci High School before enlisting in the U.S. Army, serving two years.

Following his service, he graduated from the Michigan State Police Academy, starting as a trooper in 1962. During his 10 years as a trooper, he concurrently attended Adrian College and earned his bachelor’s degree. He later established himself as a forensic specialist and went on to a prominent career, serving an additional 15 years as a detective in the crime lab, retiring in 1987. 

Lincoln was a member of the Lion’s Club, MSP Troopers Association, and provided training to the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, as well as providing expert witness services on countless occasions.  After retirement, he operated as a private investigator.

With his children and his late wife, Marlene Reppert, he enjoyed raising and showing buckskin and quarter horses at the Eaton County 4-H Fair and across the country. Lincoln married Mary Jo Twitchell on July 9, 1983, and the two lived on Thornapple Lake. 

Lincoln is remembered for his keen sense of humor, his love of animals, and his genuine ability to be “down to Earth.”  He possessed a natural musical talent, always carrying a harmonica, and playing the piano by ear into his final days.  Above all, he loved his family.

In addition to his wife, Mary Jo, Lincoln is survived by daughters Julie (and Douglas) Anderson, Joy Gorsuch and Jennifer (and Eric) Lison; step-children, Kurt (and Lana) Hauffe and Dawn Steffes; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother Harold (and Margy) Gorsuch.

He was preceded in death by two infant daughters, Jerolyn Sue Gorsuch and Twila Jane Gorsuch; and siblings Darrell Gorsuch, Jane Wills, Neva Vanlerberg, Donna Jones and Gaylen Gorsuch.

A memorial service is planned at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at Pray Funeral Home. Visitation is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, at the funeral home. Interment will take place in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci, Mich.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Michigan State Troopers Association.