Witzke Funeral Homes Inc.

5555 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia, MD


Michael W Vore

July 20, 1939February 11, 2020

Michael "Mike" Vore, 80, of Columbia, Maryland, succumbed to cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital on February 11, 2020. He is survived by his son Steven (Hilary), Grandsons James (Tory) and Robert (Brooke), two great-grandsons, his sisters Anita (Bob) and Kathie and brother Don (Kathy).

Mike was born in the Chicago area to Milton and Rita Vore, and the family moved to Catonsville Maryland shortly thereafter where he grew up. He married Una Yort, of Chevy Chase Maryland in 1963, and they had one son. Mike worked in several technical fields over the years. He enjoyed many activities and hobbies, including sailing, photography, flying sailplanes, woodworking, geocaching, and kayaking. Mike was active in his church community at the Shrine of St. Anthony.

Funeral service will be held at the Shrine of St. Anthony, Folly Quarter Road, Ellicott City Maryland, on Friday February 21st at 10am, and will be followed by a short reception. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shrine St. Anthony or to the American Cancer Society.


  • Memorial Mass Friday, February 21, 2020


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Sue Stevens

February 15, 2020

We are so sorry to hear about Mike' s passing. He was an enthusiastic kayaker - & helped to guide newbies in protected waters with his weekly Annapolis kayaking club. Mike enjoyed paddling his own hand-made - wood- framed-skinned kayak- he said it was so much lighter than his red one. Mike's distinctive vehicle kayak rack was always easy to spot tooling around Columbia or pulling into Franciscan Friars.

Mike was always seeking just another geo-cache - and enjoyed spotting or hiding hidden caches while kayaking , and even set up his smart phone to help spot them. Mike will be greatly missed for his good humor and quiet insight.