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Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

205 E Washington, DeWitt, MI

OBITUARY

Michael Francis Hayes

September 6, 1947August 6, 2019

Michael Francis Hayes, age 71, of DeWitt, Michigan passed away on Tuesday August 6, 2019. Michael was born September 6, 1947 to Frank and Josephine (Noice) Hayes.

He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, Richard and Stella Wenzlick; and sister-in-law, Michelle Wenzlick. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Becky (Wenzlick) Hayes; daughters, Josephine Francis, and Stella Marie; siblings, Mary Jo (Tim) Bremer, Maureen (Rick) Shipley, Patrick (Terry) Reno-Hayes, Margie (Bob) Miller, Amy (Mike Hansen) Hayes, and Ann (Mike) Shields; in-laws, Tim Wenzlick, Linda (Ken) Hatch, Mary (Brett) Claxton, Nancy (Rick) Santel, Diann (Gordy) Hunsaker, Carol (Ken) Wreggelsworth, Don (Vicki) Wenzlick, Jim (Katie Fisher) Wenzlick; and many nieces and nephews.

Mike was a graduate of O'Rafferty Catholic High School in Lansing, MI, and he proudly served in the United States Marine Corp as a young man. He was a very respected business man in the Lansing and DeWitt communities, through his leadership at FD Hayes Electric, Matrix Consulting Engineers, and Scoopy Doo's. Mike was the most giving and loving person you would have ever known. He volunteered at the St. Gerard community dinners for over 25 years. It didn't matter how much pain he was experiencing, Mike never missed a single dinner with his St. Gerard family. He was a founding member of the Christ United Church family in DeWitt. Mike was an avid supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project, a lover of nature, and had a very strong, undying faith in God. The things he held close to his heart were his relationships with people. He truly loved every person he came into contact with. Mike always found the good in everyone. Everybody loved him and valued his friendship. They loved his sense of humor, goofiness, passion, loyalty and his love of life. Mike loved music and singing, although he was not very good at it. Everyone loved to hear him sing, play his harmonica and watch him dance. He also loved to read and was a huge fan of James Bond and Star Trek. He loved to camp, hike and be outdoors. Mike had many wonderful adventures early in life, such as his traveling and sailing. But to him his life really began when he found his soul mate, and they started their family together. He was a loving and giving husband and an outstanding dad. He got up every morning and made breakfast for his girls and was there every evening to kiss them goodnight. He participated in every aspect of his daughters' lives, including their Girl Scouting, schooling, sports and activities. Mike loved every minute of it.

Services will be held on Monday, August 12th. Please arrive at 1 p.m. to enjoy a walk through the life of Michael at St. Francis Retreat Center, 703 East Main St., DeWitt, MI 48820. Following the walk, Military Honors will be presented, and a Celebration of Life will start at 2:30 p.m. Family has asked that you please dress accordingly because the Celebration will take place outside.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to: Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517 or visit www.support.woundedwarriorproject.org.

Services

  • A walk through the life of Michael Monday, August 12, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Monday, August 12, 2019

Memories

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Jerry & Donna Powers

August 12, 2019

So sorry to here about Mike. We shared many laughs and good times on our trips to Lansing and his to Peterborough. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Jerry & Donna Powers

Russell Shellberg

August 12, 2019

When I was working at Biggby, Mr. Hayes came in and started talking about the ice cream shop and how he always wanted me to start working for him. We always laughed over the counter and exchanged wonderful conversation. After we talked, it usually ended up with the line “See ya around brotha! Keep bein cool!” Because of these simple interactions, I feel so blessed to have known him. One of the best guys I’ve ever gotten to meet.

Melissa Gangluff

August 12, 2019

I met Mike from my dearest friend Becky who I met in college. Her and Mike started dating around that time too. Mike was one to always make people laugh. I called Becky one night because I needed a cribbage partner and I knew they played (eveidence of scores games on their wall). She was so busy with golf, bowling, girl scouts, ect, she handed the phone to Mike. We were partners on the Lansing cribbage team for at least 5 or 6 years and he continued to play after I left. He took the picture of our opposing team (Renos) 29 hand. He always greated me with a hug and a "How are ya doing Mis?" I will forever miss you my friend. May you get that 29 hand....ZIPPITY DO DA!! My prayers and love are with you Becky, Josie, and Stella. My sincere condolences.

Lisa Skoczylas

August 12, 2019

Becky and the Hayes family - we are very sorry to hear about Mike's passing. Our family sends you our heartfelt condolences. One of my fondest memories I have of Mike is from a Girl Scouts camp out at Camp Wacousta a few years back. My daughters attended and he taught them how to tie "knots". He was so patient and showed them however many times it took until they got it right. :) It was the look on their faces when they finally got it and the smile it brought to his face when they did it! Heaven earned another angel. May he rest in peace.

SUSAN (SHAVER) UNDERWOOD

August 11, 2019

My prayers and sincere sympathy to your Hayes Family.

I always admired Mike in our days both in Grade School at St. Casimir and High School at O'Rafferty High School!

Mike's smile and magic sense of humor will be remembered in the years to come!

Until we meet on the Other Side, Rest in Peace my good friend!

Love,


Susan J (Shaver) Underwood

Linda Lynch

August 11, 2019

I had the pleasure of working with Mike as a vendor, providing IT support at Matrix. He was a pleasure to work with and I enjoyed chatting with him. He always shared news of his family. I have no doubt that he loved his wife and daughters and was proud of what the three of you have accomplished. I could always count on a St. Patrick's day wish from him, followed by a suggestion to visit Scoopy Doo's for some ice cream. I will miss him!

Michael Hanlon

August 11, 2019

Sorry to hear about Mike. Never forgot the first home room day at O'Rafferty. Sister took roll call and noticed we had a lot of Mike's. (I think six) Her comment was all I have to say is "STOP IT MIKE and I won't have any problems with this class!"

mark wilcox

August 11, 2019

Cousin Mike was older than us Wilcox boys, but he always engaged with us and made us laugh when we came north to Michigan to visit my Mom’s brother (the Hayes) and sister (the Worthington’s). Mom (Mary Margret) and Dad (Jack) always found Mike so charming to chat and visit. About 10 years ago or so Mike found my Mom’s 1940 High School Composite Picture of her Graduation class (all 75) and made sure I got it so I could frame it and keep her memory alive. Doing things to help others was a Hayes tradition from Frank and Jo that he carried on! We Wilcox boys will miss our cousin Mike. Prayers and condolences for all who loved him!

Cindy Hartmann

August 11, 2019

I first met Mike when he joined the Capital City Cribbage League as a Buddies Grille team member. It didn't take long to realize that Mike had a warm and generous soul and a great sense of humor. He always had a smile and his sense of humor made him a favorite opponent of many people on the league. While Mike will be missed by the league, especially members of the Buddies Grille team, we will always remember him with a smile. Prayers for strength and peace for his loved ones.

Tami Fedewa

August 10, 2019

Bryan and I met Mike and Becky at Scoopy Doos when we stopped for ice cream one night last year. We have not lived in Dewitt for awhile but decided to go to dinner and stop there for ice cream. We were the only ones there and ended up talking with Mike for almost an hour. We laughed so hard and had such a great conversation that we returned over and over just to talk to him and Becky. He was an incredible man with a huge heart. We will miss him dearly. Rest In Peace Dear Mike.

FROM THE FAMILY