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OBITUARY

Michael S. Klueh

September 18, 1954August 15, 2019
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Michael Schaaf Klueh, 64, of Evansville, IN and Grand Rapids, MI, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, August 15, 2019 in Grand Rapids. Born on September 18, 1954, in Jasper, IN, Mike was passionate about his family, his work, his education and his efforts to help others.

Mike graduated from Reitz Memorial High School in 1973, where he played football and was a member of the wrestling and track teams. He continued his studies at Indiana University where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, Lambda Chapter. He transferred to the University of Evansville and graduated with a BS in Business and Accountancy. Active on UE’s campus, Mike affiliated with Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, Zeta Beta Chapter and was a member of the Purple Aces football team. He was passionate about education and went on to earn an MBA as well as a Masters of Health Administration from the University of Evansville and a Masters of Accountancy from the University of Southern Indiana. His executive positions in health care led Mike to pursue and complete both a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Administration from Kennedy Western University and Executive Juris Doctor in Health Law from Kaplan University, Concord Law School. He graduated with Honors and was a Distinguished Scholar.

For the last three years, Mike served as Vice President of Compliance for Spectrum Health, a large not-for-profit health care system based in Grand Rapids, MI. Prior to his move to Grand Rapids, Mike spent 19 years in various executive leadership roles with St. Mary’s Medical Center of Evansville, IN., most recently as the Vice President, Chief Risk and Corporate Responsibility Officer. His early career included positions as the Chief Financial Officer with Charter Behavioral Health and Alexander Ambulance Service/Mercy Ambulance Services, and as an Accountant and CPA with Deaconess Hospital and Gaither, Koewler, Rohlfer, Luckett and Co.

Mike was active outside the boardroom and classroom as well. In his youth as a Boy Scout, he achieved the level of Eagle Scout. His interest in underwater diving resulted in his proficiency in the sport to the level of teaching SCUBA classes, holding numerous diving certifications. He was a corporate field trainer for Dive Rescue International for almost ten years. He was instrumental in restarting the Dive Rescue Team for the Evansville Fire Department, an accomplishment of which he was particularly proud. As a licensed paramedic, he also served as a Flight Paramedic for Welborn Baptist Hospital’s LifeFlight, and was a volunteer Firefighter/Paramedic and Captain-Diving Operations and Training for the Knight/Scott/McCutchanville volunteer fire departments. Mike was an avid cyclist, mini-marathoner, and fitness advocate.

Mike was a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, where he earned the Folimer Bronze Merit Award for outstanding service. He was certified and affiliated with sixteen professional organizations. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Grand Rapids. He was also a beloved member of the Camp Ondessonk community in Ozark, IL., where he spent many summers as a camper and counselor.

Once their children began school, Mike and his wife Martha became the #1 cheerleader to encourage and support their academic and athletic interests…from grade school through college. Their love of family continued with their grandchildren, as Mike was a proud husband, father and grandfather.

Mike is preceded in death by his parents, Robert Lee and Patricia (Schaaf) Klueh. He is survived by his loving wife, Martha Nell (Riffle) Klueh of Evansville; children Elizabeth (Jeff) Freitag of Evansville, Michael (Emily) Klueh of Ann Arbor, MI, and Mary (Svetoslav Saev) Klueh of Grand Rapids, MI; granddaughters, Evelyn Freitag, Eleanor Freitag, and Adeline Klueh; brothers, Doug (Kathy) Klueh of Melbourne, Australia and Scott (Linda Barth) Klueh of Evansville and sister Nancy (John) Byrd of The Villages, FL; and eight nephews and three nieces.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 24, 2019, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 1301 South Green River Road, Evansville, IN, officiated by Fr. Bernard Etienne. Friends may visit Friday from 2:00 to 7:00 PM, with a vigil service at 7pm at Alexander Newburgh Chapel, 5333 State Road 261, Newburgh, IN, and Saturday from 10:30 AM until service time at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to It Takes a Village No Kill Rescue, 1417 N. Stockwell Road, Evansville, IN 47715.

  • FAMILY

  • Martha Nell (Riffle) Klueh, Wife
  • Elizabeth Freitag (Jeff), Daughter
  • Michael Klueh (Emily), Son
  • Mary Klueh (Svetoslav Saev), Daughter
  • Evelyn Freitag, Granddaughter
  • Eleanor Freitag, Granddaughter
  • Adeline Klueh, Granddaughter
  • Doug Klueh (Kathy), Brother
  • Scott Klueh (Linda Barth), Brother
  • Nan Byrd (John), Sister
  • Robert Lee Klueh, Father (deceased)
  • Patricia Klueh, Mother (deceased)
  • Fidelis Klueh, Grandfather (deceased)
  • Mae Klueh, Grandmother (deceased)
  • Albert Schaaf, Grandfather (deceased)
  • Dorothy Schaaf, Grandmother (deceased)
  • Mike also leaves behind eight nephews and three nieces to cherish his memory.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Michael Klueh
  • Jeffrey Freitag
  • Bryce Klueh
  • Scott Klueh
  • Tyler Klueh
  • John Byrd

Services

  • Visitation Friday, August 23, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, August 23, 2019
  • Visitation Saturday, August 24, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, August 24, 2019

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Norbert Garvey

September 3, 2019

Please accept our deepest sympathy for your family’s loss, Michael was a wonderful person, loving, caring and considerate.
We both attended Reitz Memorial and Michael was an Upperclassman, 3 years senior to me, but he always treated me as an equal, we played on the football/wrestling teams and I always admired his toughness, we also worked together on Staff at Camp Ondessonk and shared some winter camping backpacking adventures.
Michael and I became reacquainted at Labor Day/Friends Weekend at Camp Ondessonk the last few years, and I really enjoyed his company, & happy that we both shared our children with Camp Ondessonk as Staff members.
Norbert Garvey
9-3-2019

Mike Bielmaier

August 24, 2019

Mike was one of my first best Dive Rescue brothers! I am proud to call him friend .
Rest in peace...

Dustin Bsharah

August 22, 2019

Dear Klueh Family,

I supported Michael in IS at Spectrum Health.

We had many conversations and I will miss those tremendously. The thing I'll miss the most is him always announcing "the Jedi Master has arrived" every time I'd step into a room with him and others. He made sure to make me feel special whenever I was in his presence.

When he was angry, he'd laugh.. how simple is that?

His love for his children was endless. He spoke of you three every time I sat in his office, working on his technology. He gave me constant updates on Michael and Emily. Mary and her continued education. Elizabeth and her children. I hope to meet you all someday since I feel like I know you so well.

He made me feel like one of his own, always texting me to ensure that I knew he was thinking of everything he was thankful for on that holiday.

Please know Michael was VERY well respected and looked up to by everyone in our organization on how to be a leader, father, friend and most importantly, a human being.

I miss him already..

Bob and Becky Lane

August 21, 2019

Nancy, We were so sorry to learn of your brother's passing and want you and your family to know we are praying for peace and comfort for each of you. May you find strength in the support of your loved ones and friends.

Debi Powell

August 21, 2019

I worked with Mike at St. Mary’s for several years. It didn’t matter how many degrees he had or how high he climbed the business ladder he remained grounded. He was a very nice person. Kind heart and very approachable. He would always help you, find the answer and return your calls. God is calling one of the finest. Thanks to his family for sharing him and may God Bless you at this time!

Sharon Clark-Leer

August 20, 2019

My heart goes out to Martha, Mike and Martha’s children, grandchildren, and other family members. Mike touched many lives throughout the years. I know all of you are proud of Mike and a void will be left in your lives and in your hearts. My condolences to all of you.
Sharon Clark-Leer (SMMC)

Mary McCarthy-Fuller

August 20, 2019

Sometimes in our life’s journey, if we are very lucky, we cross paths with someone like Michael Klueh. An accomplished yet humble man, sensitive yet fierce when needed, a man who lived every minute of his life to the fullest. My condolences to his family. I hope you know how very much he loved you!

Mary McCarthy-Fuller
Spectrum Health Compliance

Mary Wilkinson

August 20, 2019

While Mike was a brilliant leader and businessman, he knew how to have fun! I’m including a photo from our class’s 60th birthday party. He’s shown with Kathy Nalin Killough and Kathy’s daughter, Brittney Thomas. From high school through college through adult colleague and friend, Mike could be relied upon to inspire and to lift your spirits. He will be sorely missed. Prayers for Martha, Elizabeth, Michael, Mary Elise and his entire family.

Libby Decker

August 20, 2019

So sorry for your loss. Mike was a great resource for us at St. Mary’s for many years! His wisdom and the way he spoke it will always be with those of us that had the pleasure of working with him. Prayers for you and your family.

Chrisrian Lenn

August 20, 2019

I went to grade school and high school with Mike. We went to Camp Ondessonk with another friend the Late Danny Fehn. We had a blast! Mike was a dear childhood friend. I admired what he did with his life. I’m sorry we lost touch over the years.

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Biography

Michael Schaaf Klueh, 64, of Evansville, IN and Grand Rapids, MI, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, August 15, 2019 in Grand Rapids. Born on September 18, 1954, in Jasper, IN, Mike was passionate about his family, his work, his education and his efforts to help others.

Mike graduated from Reitz Memorial High School in 1973, where he played football and was a member of the wrestling and track teams. He continued his studies at Indiana University where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, Lambda Chapter. He transferred to the University of Evansville and graduated with a BS in Business and Accountancy. Active on UE’s campus, Mike affiliated with Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, Zeta Beta Chapter and was a member of the Purple Aces football team. He was passionate about education and went on to earn an MBA as well as a Masters of Health Administration from the University of Evansville and a Masters of Accountancy from the University of Southern Indiana. His executive positions in health care led Mike to pursue and complete both a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Administration from Kennedy Western University and Executive Juris Doctor in Health Law from Kaplan University, Concord Law School. He graduated with Honors and was a Distinguished Scholar.

For the last three years, Mike served as Vice President of Compliance for Spectrum Health, a large not-for-profit health care system based in Grand Rapids, MI. Prior to his move to Grand Rapids, Mike spent 19 years in various executive leadership roles with St. Mary’s Medical Center of Evansville, IN., most recently as the Vice President, Chief Risk and Corporate Responsibility Officer. His early career included positions as the Chief Financial Officer with Charter Behavioral Health and Alexander Ambulance Service/Mercy Ambulance Services, and as an Accountant and CPA with Deaconess Hospital and Gaither, Koewler, Rohlfer, Luckett and Co.

Mike was active outside the boardroom and classroom as well. In his youth as a Boy Scout, he achieved the level of Eagle Scout. His interest in underwater diving resulted in his proficiency in the sport to the level of teaching SCUBA classes, holding numerous diving certifications. He was a corporate field trainer for Dive Rescue International for almost ten years. He was instrumental in restarting the Dive Rescue Team for the Evansville Fire Department, an accomplishment of which he was particularly proud. As a licensed paramedic, he also served as a Flight Paramedic for Welborn Baptist Hospital’s LifeFlight, and was a volunteer Firefighter/Paramedic and Captain-Diving Operations and Training for the Knight/Scott/McCutchanville volunteer fire departments. Mike was an avid cyclist, mini-marathoner, and fitness advocate.

Mike was a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, where he earned the Folimer Bronze Merit Award for outstanding service. He was certified and affiliated with sixteen professional organizations. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Grand Rapids. He was also a beloved member of the Camp Ondessonk community in Ozark, IL., where he spent many summers as a camper and counselor.

Once their children began school, Mike and his wife Martha became the #1 cheerleader to encourage and support their academic and athletic interests…from grade school through college. Their love of family continued with their grandchildren, as Mike was a proud husband, father and grandfather.

Mike is preceded in death by his parents, Robert Lee and Patricia (Schaaf) Klueh. He is survived by his loving wife, Martha Nell (Riffle) Klueh of Evansville; children Elizabeth (Jeff) Freitag of Evansville, Michael (Emily) Klueh of Ann Arbor, MI, and Mary (Svetoslav Saev) Klueh of Grand Rapids, MI; granddaughters, Evelyn Freitag, Eleanor Freitag, and Adeline Klueh; brothers, Doug (Kathy) Klueh of Melbourne, Australia and Scott (Linda Barth) Klueh of Evansville and sister Nancy (John) Byrd of The Villages, FL; and eight nephews and three nieces.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 24, 2019, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 1301 South Green River Road, Evansville, IN, officiated by Fr. Bernard Etienne. Friends may visit Friday from 2:00 to 7:00 PM, with a vigil service at 7pm at Alexander Newburgh Chapel, 5333 State Road 261, Newburgh, IN, and Saturday from 10:30 AM until service time at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to It Takes a Village No Kill Rescue, 1417 N. Stockwell Road, Evansville, IN.