Michael Verhage

August 1, 1951November 18, 2013

Michael Verhage, 62, of Elk Rapids, passed away on November 18, 2013. He was born August 1st, 1951 in Flint, MI at Hurley Hospital.

Michael lived in Battle Creek, Tecumseh, and Rockford IL, graduating from Rockford East High School in 1969. He attended Northern Illinois University where he met and married Judy Koval. He moved to Elk Rapids, MI in 1974 and attended Michigan State University for turfgrass management. He has worked at several golf courses in Northern Michigan, the last being Bay Meadows.

He is survived by his son Joshua (Melissa), grandsons Felix and Archer, Mother and father Ned and Lorraine, brothers James (Sue), Larry (Lana), and Brian (Kathy), and 6 nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 1pm at Williamsburg United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Elk Rapids.


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Natalie White

November 24, 2013

I will miss Mike's sense of humor and how he always greeted me with a big smile when I returned to TC and Bay Meadows on a break from college. He was very thoughtful and often checked in via Facebook to see how I was doing while I was away at school. I will never forget all he did for Bay Meadows and for our family.

Jim Atchison

November 23, 2013

He was a genuine friend to all who knew him. Mike always had a smile and a "Go Green" whenever our paths crossed. We will keep Mike and his family in our thought and prayers.

Tom Mead

November 21, 2013

I will miss Mike. He was a long time golf friend and great fun to work with. His passing is a loss for the golf community.

Tom Mead