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Lakeshore Memorial Services

11939 James Street, Holland, MI

OBITUARY

Michael Cameron Parkhill Jr.

April 24, 1974December 7, 2015
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Michael “Mike” Parkhill, Jr. made his last wildly inappropriate and probably sarcastic comment on December 7, 2015. Mike was born and immediately dubbed "our favorite child" to Mike and Diane Parkhill in April of 1974. Their constant love, support, and giving of basketballs far exceeded anything Mike deserved. He is survived by his hillbilly wife of 17 years, the overly devoted Angela, his proudest accomplishments being Calvin Michael, Abigail Laurin, and Andrea Elizabet. Additionally he is survived by his loving, older sister Paula Martin, and husband Edward. A variety of nieces and nephews with mediocre upbringing would complete the list of those left to embellish his memory including: Samantha and Cameron Martin, Tristan, Collin, and Oliver Nyland, Jennifer, Christopher, Alexander Berry. He came by his sense of sarcasm and humor rightly from his grandparents C.B. Parkhill, Irving Geer, Hugh Peake, Mary Parkhill and his uncle David Parkhill, all whom proceeded him in death, and his surviving, admirable grandmother, Eleanor Geer Peake. Mike’s employment history was standard, Tree Trimmer, Bill Knapp Dishwasher, Sears Deliveryman, Youth Pastor, and for the past 10 years Field Service Engineer for Medical Imaging. He had three basic philosophies regarding work "school of fish," "surround yourself with great people and stay out of their way," and “anything worth doing is worth over doing.” His 20 plus years as a volunteer youth leader and teacher at New Richmond Baptist Church from the kindergarten to High school level afforded hundreds of children and parents exposure to Mike’s unique personality. Half a dozen or so of these folks might speak of him fondly if pressed. Mike died knowing that Monty Python and the Holy Grail was the best movie ever, J.J. Cale being the best recording artist, Sean Connery the baddest man on the planet, and that chicks dig ‘37 Pontiacs. His regrets were few but include: unplugging his parent’s deep freeze to plug in amps in the summer of 1991, not training his faithful dog Lucy to detect cancer, and that no video evidence exists of his prowess on the game “Music Scene It” or useless trivia facts. Although a less than average life span, Mike did not live an average life. He had a vast array of hobbies from apiarist, cooking, football, hockey, and weather watching, laughed inappropriately at every chance, learned what he wanted to learn, fixed what he wanted to fix, and loved who he wanted to love. He left behind a lot of electronic junk to his family that have no idea what to do with it. So if you are looking for VCR players, HD players, old satellite dishes, cables galore, and Atari and Sega games, you should wait the appropriate amount of time to get in touch. Tomorrow would be fine. Visitation will begin on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 6:00pm until 8:00pm at Lakeshore Memorial with a Memorial Service on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 10:00am at New Richmond Baptist Church. Free food to follow with thanks from the great people of New Richmond! In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New Richmond Baptist Church, 1909 Transport Lane, Holland, MI 49423. Anyone whining will not be admitted to the memorial; Mike would want us to celebrate with him as he joins His Savior in Heaven and hopes to see you all there some day too!

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation

    Thursday, December 10, 2015

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, December 12, 2015

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Interment

Memories

Michael Cameron Parkhill Jr.

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Rachel Louks

February 28, 2016

Angela, my heart broke the other day when I heard about Mike. I'm so sorry, he was a great youth pastor and awesome man of God. You and the kids are in my prayers.

Jeffrey Dargis

December 23, 2015

Mike, Diane and family
I am sorry to hear of Mikes passing.
Mike was a good friend thru high school.
He will be missed by many and never forgotten by anyone who knew him.

sabrina kruithoff

December 13, 2015

your family is in my prayers and from the time that I knew Michael he always love to help others in the time of need he is a wounderful and kind hearted pearson who now is an angel to watch over all of us

Raven Gilliam

December 12, 2015

U and your family are in my thoughts and prayers I love u guys

Denise Koops

December 12, 2015

Dear Parkhill Family,
You are in our hearts and prayers as you journey through this difficult time.
Denise and Blaine Koops

Ann Hershberger

December 12, 2015

My prayers are with your family as you walk with the Lord Jesus Christ in your Eternal life.

Shelly Wedge

December 11, 2015

I will never for get the late night flashlight tag and hide and seek (12 o'clock, midnight) at your parents house as a young girl. The bonfires by the old basement as we all got a little older. Later we were able to keep up on facebook. My prays are that your beautiful family find peace and feel Gods love around them during this time of celebrating your life with us on earth. Until we meet again. Shelly (Livingston) Wedge and family

Michael Neddo

December 11, 2015

I am sure Michael touched more lives than you can ever imagine. I received a link to his "life story" ("obituary" just does not describe it) from a nationwide email discussion group I am part of. For over 22 years as a funeral director, I have never seen a life story so unique, so reflective of the person whose story it told. Thank you for sharing that and know that even after his graduation from this life to the next, he continues to do what he did when he walked among us... have a positive impact on the lives of others and teach by example.

Chris Knitter

December 11, 2015

This is a sad day for me. I am just finding out that one of my best childhood friends has passed away. Some of my best memories in Fennville include Mike. My only regret is that I didn't have more time with him as adults. He was a great guy and I am certain he will be missed by many.

Greg & Lois Guidry

December 10, 2015

Dear Angela and children,
We are very sad to learn of Mike's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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