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Michael "Trapper" Eaton

November 22, 1943 ~ January 16, 2020 (age 76)


Michael “Trapper” Eaton, age 76, passed away peacefully Thursday morning, January 16, 2020, in his home in Vickery, from complications from C.O.P.D.

He was born November 22, 1943, in Murfreesboro, TN, as Michael L. Burns, then his parents divorced and his mother married Bruce Eaton.  He went to elementary school in Bristol, CT; junior high school on Catawba Island, then back to Bristol, CT for high school.  He spent one semester at the University of CT. Agricultural School. 

Mike worked at New Departure/Hyatt in Bristol and Sandusky. He also worked at Thunderbird Hills Golf Course and finally at Cedar Point in landscaping for 32 years, retiring in 2005.  His biggest passions, besides sex, was trapping, hunting, and fishing.  He was a member of the Ohio Trappers Association, National Trappers Association, Alabama Trappers Association, Predator Control Association U.S.S.A, and one of the founding members of the Connecticut Trappers Association.  He also belonged to Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl, Waterfowl U.S.A. and the Sportsman Alliance. 

He is survived by his brother Bruce, sister Dawn, daughter Kelly Zam, grandchildren Logan, Ian, and Brooklyn Zam; and significant other of thirty five years Linda Leahy.

Mike was preceded in death by his step father Bruce Eaton, mother Dorothy, and sister Chris.

  It was Mike’s request to be cremated and have no services.  Ransom Funeral & Cremation Service, Castalia, is in charge of the arrangements. 

Memorials may be made to the Sportsman Alliance, 801 Kingsmill Parkway, Columbus, OH 43229-1137; Heartland Hospice, 907 W. State St, Ste A, Fremont, OH 43420; or to one’s favorite charity.  Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

Special thanks go out to Kasey, his RN through Firelands, for all her visits and chats, our neighbors Dave and Julie Perry, who did so much these last couple years, Will Meinert, who picked up Mike many times to go to Jimmy’s Club for those fabulous pizza burgers, and finally to Heartland Hospice. 

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