Northern Michigan Sheriffs Remember Former Crawford County Sheriff Kirk Wakefield

Tributes continue to pour in from across Northern Michigan for former Crawford County Sheriff Kirk Wakefield.

Wakefield passed away on Tuesday.

He spent 40 years in law enforcement, 17 of those as sheriff in Crawford County.

His career impacted the lives of countless sheriffs in northern Michigan.

It seems that just about every sheriff in northern Michigan knew Sheriff Wakefield and learned a lesson or two from him along the way.

In the family tree that is northern Michigan law enforcement, it’s safe to say former Crawford County Sheriff Kirk Wakefield was as close to the base as you could get. A man who was a constant in so many other sheriff’s careers, including former Missaukee County Sheriff Jim Bosscher. The two retired on the same day last December.

“Kirk was one that if we had a major incident, he was there. He didn’t just send people, he would show up himself. We served together on different committees and worked together and he was just a great role model for that,” said Bosscher.

Wakefield was a man of conviction, and his singular goal was upholding the law and serving the people of Crawford County.

“He was a model sheriff, he was a model citizen, and he upheld the law. He served his people very well up until there and he always did what was right,” said Clare County Sheriff John Wilson.

They’re traits Clare County Sheriff John Wilson quickly picked up on when he first met Wakefield back in 2002.

“I remember where we were all getting together at night and cleaning weapons from the training that day and he would always come in and sit and talk to us and tell stories and it was just that type of guy that liked your be there with the troops all the time,” said Wilson.

Virtues that now live on in a law enforcement family Sheriff Wakefield helped raise.

“If you knew him, if you knew his character, he was someone you wanted to model after. I would like people think of me like they thought of him.

Wakefield was also instrumental in developing mutual aid response and an emergency response team for sheriff’s offices across northern Michigan.

Another way he will continue to serve and protect.

Visitation will be at the Sorenson-Lockwood Funeral Home April 25th from noon to 4 p.m. and later from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

There will be a celebration of life at Grayling Free Methodist Church at Noon the next day.