Dan Musser Jr., Grand Hotel owner, dies at age 80

Apr 13, 2013

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) - The owner of Michigan's most famous summer hotel has died. R.D. "Dan" Musser Jr. was 80.

Musser owned the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. In a statement, the hotel says he died Saturday of congestive health failure at a Lansing hospital.

Musser started working at the hotel when he was in college in 1951. It was owned at the time by his uncle, W. Stewart Woodfill. Musser became president in 1960 and purchased the hotel, with wife Amelia, in 1979.

He was chairman emeritus at the time of his death. The hotel, with nearly 400 rooms, celebrated its 125th anniversary last year and has been in Musser's family for 80 years.

Former Gov. William Milliken says Musser was a "pillar of great strength" on Mackinac Island.