OBITUARY

Dr. Okezie Kemjika Aguwa

March 4, 1985May 19, 2020
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Dr. Okezie Kemjika Aguwa MD, age 35, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday May 19th, 2020 at his home in Rochester, Michigan.

Okezie is survived by his parents, Dr. Okechukwu C. Aguwa and Dr. Margaret I. Aguwa; his wife, LeeAnn M. Aguwa; his son, Dominick “Kemjika” Aguwa; his older brothers, Ikenna C. Aguwa, and Okenwa C. Aguwa.

Okezie was born in Lansing, Michigan on March 4, 1985 to Dr. Okechukwu C. Aguwa and Dr. Margaret I. Aguwa. He attended and graduated from Okemos High School, Princeton University, and Case Western Reserve Medical School. He attended Beaumont Health, Royal Oak for an orthopaedic surgery residency and Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City for an orthopaedic spine fellowship. Okezie worked as a Board-Certified, Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Spine Surgeon for OrthoMichigan in Flint, Michigan.

Okezie was a devoted husband and father, promising young and skilled Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon, caring uncle to his wife’s young nephews, and family man to his nuclear and extended family. He enjoyed his medical work and research in order to build his talents and progress in his profession. Okezie’s mission was to foster a strong doctor-patient relationship in order to provide a greater quality of life for patients. So, both the care he provided as a surgeon in the operating room and the personal connections he developed with patients to answer questions and ease their concerns was important to him. He was an avid fan of his alma matter Princeton, and University of Michigan. He enjoyed travelling the world alongside his wife LeeAnn whom he married November 21, 2015. He loved to attend UofM football games and actively enjoyed and participated in his young son, Dominick’s passion for cars and sports. Okezie touched many lives and will forever remain a ray of light to his family, friends, colleagues, and patients. He will be greatly missed and always remembered.

Viewing is scheduled for Tuesday, June 2, 2020 from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 pm at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Chapel, 1730 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, 955 Alton Rd., East Lansing. A livestream of the Funeral Mass will be available on Wednesday beginning at 10:45 am through this webpage. The Rite of Committal will follow at East Lawn Memory Gardens, 2400 Bennett Rd., Okemos.

Due to the COVID-19 safety restrictions and concerns, a reception/gathering will not take place after the burial ceremony. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to LeeAnn and Dominick.

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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 2, 2020

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 2, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Wednesday, June 3, 2020

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Barbara and Todd Albert

June 5, 2020

We were so incredibly sad to hear about the passing of Okezie. Our hearts are breaking for Lee Ann and Dominick and the rest of the family. He will always be remembered for his warmth and incredibly fun and loving way. He touched and healed many through his surgical talents and he will be greatly missed.

Warmly,
Barbara and Todd Albert

Emeka Madu

June 5, 2020

De Okey and family,

I never met your boys but growing up I always heard of them whenever you visited the house at signal barracks. It's so sad that my first time meeting them was at the funeral mass.

Okezie's loss no doubt is an unfortunate and devastating one that no parent should ever have to deal with but trusting God's words and upholding our faith like your brother Rev. Fr. Jude preached in his sermon, we are bound to believe God knows best.

You stood by us in our times of grief. On behalf of your good friend, late Col. N.J Madu, his wife Stella Ngozi Madu, and the entire Madu family, we stand together with your family in this time of grief knowing first hand what the pain feels like, we say ndo nu, unu jisie obi ike, unu d'iwe. Accept our sympathy and condolences and may God give you all the strength and fortitude to bear this tough loss.

Emeka Madu for the Madu family.

Ken Stringer

June 4, 2020

Dear Margaret and Okechukwu, I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Okezie. He touched so many lives in such a positive way. You must have been so proud of him and his accomplishments. All the wonderful memories must be on your mind. May Jesus grant you His peace and comfort during this difficult time. You and your family are in my prayers. Warmly, Ken Stringer

Margaret Soroka

June 4, 2020

As a Princeton Alumni, as a doctor, and as young person (same ages as Okezie), I am very saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Dr. Okezie Aguwa at the age of 35. I didn’t know him personally, but our lives shared similar paths — knowing how challenging it is to become a doctor (let alone an orthopedic surgeon), I know that he spent most of his life dedicated to this work. His family would have made sacrifices to support him along that path.

My condolences and sympathy to his family, and to the community and patients who have lost this man, great sympathies.

- Dr. Margaret Soroka, Princeton ‘06

Ikenna Ezealah

June 3, 2020

Between birth and death in the period of schooling we call earthly life, we are afforded rich experiences in the context of human relationships. For life is a school, experiences are teachers, and relationships are classrooms. In this respect, the legacy of human relationships lies in the lasting impact our inner qualities make on each other. Consequently, as I reflect on Okezie Aguwa, I ask “what were some of the qualities that characterized him during some of our shared experiences?”

One of the consistent themes in my memory of him was his self-directed goal-oriented nature. He was able to focus and organize the different parts of his life around the pursuit of a singular goal. For example, when a group of us would sit together and talk, he was always defined in his ambition to be an orthopedic surgeon. I was always impressed by this resolve, because it enabled him to direct his life in a determined way. In addition to this quality is his pursuit of excellence. He not only energetically put aspiration to action, but he wanted to rise to the top in all he did. Excellence was the goal. Years later I observed as an adult how, one by one, his formerly stated goals were being successfully realized. These are just some of the qualities that characterized Okezie Aguwa during some of our experiences together.

Okezie, but as you have suddenly entered the world of spirit, I offer you my kindly thoughts and prayers of goodwill, that they may strengthen you on this new journey. Be assured all your loved ones will be cared for, so do not look backward at the earth, but forward toward the heavens! Set your gaze on the spiritual heights, and move forward courageously. As it is through humility and fervent longing for God that we perceive His omnipresent help, my sole wish is that you spiritually open yourself to this perception, which will encourage and guide you upward toward God’s Eternal Kingdom. May you reach the heights.

Your sincerely,
~Ikenna Quincy Ezealah

Joe and Chinwe Mbonu

June 3, 2020

Dear Aguwa family,

No words can describe how sorry we are for your loss, please accept our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers will always be with you. May God Almighty who knows beyond our understanding console your family and heal your broken hearts. May Okezie’s gentle soul Rest In Peace Amen.

Kelechi Akinbosede

June 3, 2020

Our sincere prayers and condolences go out to the entire Aguwa family. May the peace and comfort of our Lord guide and strengthen you.

Dr Okezie’s soul will Rest In Peace and in the Presence of the Lord.

With love,
The Akinbosedes

Eze Ejelonu

June 3, 2020

Big fella!

I enjoyed the last few moments we talked downtown Detroit over the last year. It was always a good time. Your memorable energy, smile, laugh and confidence always reminded me of your mother, father and siblings who all carry the same trait. I immediately was referenced the great memories as a child growing up. You and your siblings were one of my favorite “cousins”.

You developed into a monster in athletics and as a fellow athlete, I couldn’t have been more proud and happy for you. What a life you lived and you took full advantage of every moment without taking anything for granted.

You will be missed and though I have not met your son, he’s part of the village and can always count on me for any support that he needs.

Though heaven may not need any surgeons, I’m sure they may need a D Lineman for one of its football leagues :-)

Rest in Heaven and love you cuzzo!

Eze Ejelonu



Sherri Henderson

June 3, 2020

To Mom and the entire Aguwa Family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. May God Almighty continue to strengthen you and give you peace that surpasses all understanding. May the love and laughter Okezie shared with us forever be in our hearts. His voice will never be forgotten. We love you!

With prayer and love,
Sherri Henderson

Bertram & Happiness Nwaopara

June 3, 2020

Beloved Aguwa Family,
We are truly very sorry for the date of your Son, Dr. Okezie Aguwa. We are very sad hearing such a heartbreaking news.
Kindly accept our heartfelt sympathy and condolences.
May God Almighty wipe your tears and grant each and everyone of you divine peace, that passes all understanding.
May the Soul of Dr. Okezie Aguwa Rest in Perfect Peace, Amen!

Bertram & Happiness Nwaopara

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Biography

Okezie was born in Lansing, Michigan on March 4, 1985 to Dr. Okechukwu C. Aguwa and Dr. Margaret I. Aguwa. He attended and graduated from Okemos High School, Princeton University, and Case Western Reserve Medical School. He attended Beaumont Health, Royal Oak for an orthopaedic surgery residency and Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City for an orthopaedic spine fellowship. Okezie worked as a Board-Certified, Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Spine Surgeon for OrthoMichigan in Flint, Michigan.

Okezie was a devoted husband and father, promising young and skilled Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon, caring uncle to his wife’s young nephews, and family man to his nuclear and extended family. He enjoyed his medical work and research in order to build his talents and progress in his profession. Okezie’s mission was to foster a strong doctor-patient relationship in order to provide a greater quality of life for patients. So, both the care he provided as a surgeon in the operating room and the personal connections he developed with patients to answer questions and ease their concerns was important to him. He was an avid fan of his alma matter Princeton, and University of Michigan. He enjoyed travelling the world alongside his wife LeeAnn whom he married November 21, 2015. He loved to attend UofM football games and actively enjoyed and participated in his young son, Dominick’s passion for cars and sports. Okezie touched many lives and will forever remain a ray of light to his family, friends, colleagues, and patients. He will be greatly missed and always remembered.