Michael Artie Walz

December 15, 1950January 10, 2021
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Michael Artie Walz was born on December 15, 1950 in St. Louis Missouri and passed away surrounded by his loving family on January 10, 2021 in Columbia, Missouri due to complications of COVID-19.

Michael was the oldest child of William “Bill” and Catherine (Kopp) Walz. He graduated in 1968 from Kirkwood High School. In 1973, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and Technology). Upon graduation, he went to work for Black & Veatch as a System Design Engineer working on projects in Power, Environmental and Heavy Industry until 1992. He then worked for Burns and McDonnell, where he completed multiple projects both nationally and internationally. Mike loved when a plan came together, especially the start-ups of power plants. After 22 years, he retired from Burns & McDonnell in January 2015. Upon retirement, he and Janice designed and built their dream home on their farm in Fayette, Missouri, where he lived until his death. He enjoyed hunting, gardening, history, fireworks and spending time with his family.

On July 25th, 2019 he married the love of his life, Janice Smith. Their love story is one made of fairytales.

Survivors include his wife, Janice Smith (Fayette, MO); his mother, Catherine Walz (St. Louis, MO); sister, Sara Walz Thomas (St. Louis, MO); children Shane Walz (Heather) (St. Louis, MO), William Walz (Erinn) (Sedalia, CO), Nicole Rebuck (Kirk) (Charleston, SC) and Anna Hummel-Wettlaufer (Doug) (Kansas City, MO),step-son Major Andrew Hummel (Andrea) (West Point, NY) and grandchildren Brittney, Austin, Dustin, Eric IV, Bode, Jillian, Kinslie, Callan, Hendrix and Sloane Charlie.

Mike was preceded in death by his father, Bill, and daughter, Trae.

A Visitation will be held from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Thursday, January 14 at Mt. Moriah, Newcomer & Freeman Funeral Home. A second Visitation will be held from 11:00am to 1:00pm on Friday, January 15 at the Funeral Home. This will be followed by a 1:00pm Funeral Service. This Service will be livestreamed and may be viewed by clicking the link below. A Graveside Committal Service will follow in Mount Moriah Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mike’s honor can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, the Engineering Department at Missouri University of Science and Technology and Tour de Force.


  • William "Bill" Walz, Father (deceased)
  • Trae, Daughter (deceased)
  • Janice Smith Walz, Wife
  • Catherine Walz, Mother
  • Sara Walz Thomas, Sister
  • Shane Walz (Heather), Son
  • William Walz (Erinn), Son
  • Nicole Rebuck (Kirk), Daughter
  • Anna Hummel-Wettlaufer (Doug), Daughter
  • Major Andrew Hummel (Andrea), Step-Son
  • Brittney, Austin, Dustin, Eric IV, Bode, Jillian, Kinslie, Callan, Hendrix & Sloane Charlie., Grandchildren


  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 14, 2021

  • Visitation

    Friday, January 15, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, January 15, 2021


  • Committal Service

    Friday, January 15, 2021


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Charles Grotzinger

January 16, 2021

Having been a mentor for Mike for several years, we spent many week ends hunting and fishing with his two sons.

My entire family feels the loss of Mike.


January 16, 2021

Living in Florida, I didn't get to see Mike a lot. But a few tears ago, I was home for a Family Reunion, and you all had invited the family to visit. I came with Anita and Charlie, and spent the day, met you, and and family. Mike took us around the property, we ate and visited. It was a fun day, a great memory. Am so glad I had that opportunity to be there.
I am so sorry for your loss.
May God bless you and watch over you as he begins your healing.



January 15, 2021

My memories with Uncle Mike were of the great debates on life and society and something that I always looked forward to on the holidays. He is part of the reason I am who I am, because in him I saw someone who spoke what was true to them with factual reasoning. That mentality is something I use today and will continue to do because I feel that it is the soundest way to reflect who you are to the world. Whenever I find myself in a debate, I always use those skills I gained from him. So in a way, anytime I am defending something I believe in, Uncle Mike will be with me.

While we mostly saw each other on the holidays, I have always known that Mike was close by. He has always been a part of our family get-togethers and for that, I am profoundly grateful as those memories of the loud laughs and laid-back demeanor will always stay with me. I am happy to say that I don't think I have ever had a single bad memory with Uncle Mike.

I was glad to have told him that we loved him just a few days before he passed (as many people aren't allowed that luxury). To hear his voice and let him know that he was in our thoughts is something that I hope he believed in and could hold onto despite whatever fate held.

As I thought about the things that I wanted to say in tribute to my memories of Uncle Mike I read hours of poems, prayers, and statements. I wrote and rewrote this message up multiple times and decided that these words that I found were the closest and most eloquent way to reflect my feelings of who my Uncle Mike was and how he affected our world.


To My Uncle
By Georgia Harkness (modified by me)

A titan pine, brilliant and wise
Stood staunch against the sky and all around
Shed splendor, charm, and power.
Within its fold birds safely reared their young.
The velvet ground beneath was gentle,
and the cooling shade gave cheer to passersby.
Its towering arms a landmark stood, bold and unafraid,
As if to say, “Fear naught from life’s alarms”.

It fell one day.
Where it had dauntless stood was loneliness and void.
But ALL who passed paid tribute – and said,
“To know this life was good,
It left it’s mark on me. Its work stands fast”.
And so the titan pine lives. Such life no bonds can hold –
This monumental pine, magnificent, brilliant, bold and wise.

Rest In Peace.

With Love Miles, DeAnna, and KaiAir

Mary Weidmaier

January 13, 2021

Mike was a dear friend and great person. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Words can not express his loss. He will be greatly missed


January 13, 2021

I am sorry to hearing about Mike's passing. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Tim Baron

Sandy Smith

January 13, 2021

I worked with Mike at Burns and McDonnell for many years and he was a mentor and project manager I worked with and a complimentary person always.

My condolences to his family as I know he will be missed always and forever.

Marla Moore

January 12, 2021

So sorry for the Walz ‘s family. I worked with Mike at BMcD. He was always a wonderful person to work with. May he Rest In Peace.

Marla Moore