Covell Funeral Home

312 Pine Street, Elk Rapids, MI


Erik Michael Lake

January 6, 1983July 18, 2020

Erik Michael Lake, loving husband, father, son, brother and friend passed away unexpectedly as a result of an accident on Saturday July 18, 2020. Erik was born on January 6, 1983 and raised in Williamsburg Michigan the son of Carl & Denise Lake. On September 9, 2017 he married the love of his life Morgan Paradis. Erik and Morgan brought two beautiful boys into the world, Wyatt and Austin. Erik was a wonderful father and so proud of his boys. He loved wrenching in the garage with them and teaching them all the tools and their uses. Erik was always up for an UNO or Supermario Kart competition and making them pancakes and bacon on the weekends. Erik’s boys were his world and his legacy will live on through them. Erik graduated from Elk Rapids High School in 2001. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, working on vehicles and spending time with his family. Fridays after work Erik would stop and chat with his dad about how their week went. He loved wheelin in the burg with his best friend Dave. Erik could be found jamming to Country Gold Radio anytime he was finishing a project. He was an avid Detroit Lions fan and could easily tell you the stats of any sports team. He was a problem solver and jack of all trades, there wasn’t anything he couldn’t do. He was always on the quest for more knowledge, wanting to be the best at everything either at home, work or working on an endeavor. He had the most brilliant mind and shared his love and knowledge of programming with Tenet Hydraulics Co. and Grand Traverse Plastics. Erik is survived by his wife Morgan, his sons Wyatt and Austin. His parents Carl & Denise Lake, grandfather Frances “Tuffy” (Joyce) Lake, sisters Nicole (Marcus) Dixon, Doreen (Rob) Gauthier, niece Cabrini Gauthier, his Uncle Bob Ferguson. He will also be missed by his In-Laws Eric & JoEllen Ziesmer, grandparents Glenn & Sandra Paradis, his Best Friend Dave Williams and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends He was preceded in death by his grandmothers Doreen (Flack)Stowell, Mila (Slater)Lake and grandfather Thomas H Ferguson Funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 23rd at 1:00 p.m. from the Covell Funeral Home, 312 Pine St., Elk Rapids, with visitation beginning at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow immediately after at Circle Hill Cemetery in Williamsburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in the name of Morgan Lake for Wyatt and Austin’s future education, c/o Covell Funeral Home, 232 E. State St. Traverse City, MI. 49684


  • Morgan Lake for Wyatt & Austin's future education



  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 23, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, July 23, 2020


  • Committal Service


Erik Michael Lake

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Jim Rose

July 30, 2020

Eric and I worked together and laughed together for a couple of years. He was a smart, caring person that will be missed be many.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Eric's family and friends.

Rest in peace my friend.

Jim Rose

Dan Wallington

July 24, 2020

Erik was 20 years old when he and I started working together at Grand Traverse Plastics. In no time, I realized what a special man he was. He could type faster than I can read!
Erik was able to use his keyboard and computer skills while developing programs for the assembly machines, robots and other devices.
But... the content of those programs came from his incredible mind!!
Erik could design and layout wiring diagrams, then perfectly wire even the most difficult panels. His mechanical abilities allowed him to solve problems that weren't even part of his programs.
The two years I spent with Erik were the most enjoyable of my life, not just because of the successful projects, but the special friendship we shared.
I miss Erik.
I pray that Morgan and their boys, Carl, Denise and the rest of Erik's family and us friends can find a way to enjoy our memories of him and allow the sorrow to pass.
Rest in Peace, Buddy.
Dan, Marina and Davy

Barb Boyd (Gilbert)

July 22, 2020

You and your boys are in my thoughts and prayers. A wonderful dad and husband taken way too soon. Please don't hesitate if you need anything at all to please let me know. Erik will always be watching over you and your boys.

Kim Cook

July 22, 2020

Sending you all peace, love, and hugs to help heal your broken hearts. We cannot express how sorry we are that Erik was taken from you much too soon. We mourn with you, Kiddo.
Much love to all,
Kim and Dan Cook

Diane Arietta

July 22, 2020

We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Healing wishes for you and your family. May you all find comfort and strength in the warmth and caring of friends and family. 😢

Diane and Dan Arietta

Michael Clark

July 22, 2020

We at Weyerhaeuser were deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Erik. He was wonderful to work with, brilliant and willing to help anyone. Our prayers go out to Morgan and the boys.

Peter Kiewit

July 22, 2020

Chris and I are sadden to hear of your loss. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. May the love of family and friends be your strength. Pete & Chris

Char Knowlton

July 22, 2020

I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers. Having had Erik on my school bus, I will always remember him as a jokester, fun loving, not always following the rules kind of guy! What a great sense of humor and knowing his love for his family makes me proud of the person he grew to be. I am glad he had you in his life Morgan and his sons. Take care of yourself and know that if there is anything I can do let me know.
Love you and your family always,
Char the bus driver

Michelle Farley

July 21, 2020

I was shocked to hear of this saddening news.
Morgan we are so sorry for y'all's loss.
We will keep you and the boys in our hearts and thoughts through this tough time.

Michelle Farley (Morden)

Matt vaughan

July 21, 2020

The Vaughan family is absolutely heartbroken to hear of Erik's passing. He will be so missed and always remembered as a great guy as well as an awesome teacher. I will miss our lunch "meetings" at B-dubs! You are all on our hearts and in our prayers. God bless.
Matt, Tammy, and Ryan Vaughan


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