(September 6, 1947 - August 6, 2019)
He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, Richard and Stella Wenzlick; and sister-in-law, Michelle Wenzlick. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Becky (Wenzlick) Hayes; daughters, Josephine Francis, and Stella Marie; siblings, Mary Jo (Tim) Bremer, Maureen (Rick) Shipley, Patrick (Terry) Reno-Hayes, Margie (Bob) Miller, Amy (Mike Hansen) Hayes, and Ann (Mike) Shields; in-laws, Tim Wenzlick, Linda (Ken) Hatch, Mary (Brett) Claxton, Nancy (Rick) Santel, Diann (Gordy) Hunsaker, Carol (Ken) Wreggelsworth, Don (Vicki) Wenzlick, Jim (Katie Fisher) Wenzlick; and many nieces and nephews.
Mike was a graduate of O'Rafferty Catholic High School in Lansing, MI, and he proudly served in the United States Marine Corp as a young man. He was a very respected business man in the Lansing and DeWitt communities, through his leadership at FD Hayes Electric, Matrix Consulting Engineers, and Scoopy Doo's. Mike was the most giving and loving person you would have ever known. He volunteered at the St. Gerard community dinners for over 25 years. It didn't matter how much pain he was experiencing, Mike never missed a single dinner with his St. Gerard family. He was a founding member of the Christ United Church family in DeWitt. Mike was an avid supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project, a lover of nature, and had a very strong, undying faith in God. The things he held close to his heart were his relationships with people. He truly loved every person he came into contact with. Mike always found the good in everyone. Everybody loved him and valued his friendship. They loved his sense of humor, goofiness, passion, loyalty and his love of life. Mike loved music and singing, although he was not very good at it. Everyone loved to hear him sing, play his harmonica and watch him dance. He also loved to read and was a huge fan of James Bond and Star Trek. He loved to camp, hike and be outdoors. Mike had many wonderful adventures early in life, such as his traveling and sailing. But to him his life really began when he found his soul mate, and they started their family together. He was a loving and giving husband and an outstanding dad. He got up every morning and made breakfast for his girls and was there every evening to kiss them goodnight. He participated in every aspect of his daughters' lives, including their Girl Scouting, schooling, sports and activities. Mike loved every minute of it.
Services will be held on Monday, August 12th. Please arrive at 1 p.m. to enjoy a walk through the life of Michael at St. Francis Retreat Center, 703 East Main St., DeWitt, MI 48820. Following the walk, Military Honors will be presented, and a Celebration of Life will start at 2:30 p.m. Family has asked that you please dress accordingly because the Celebration will take place outside.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to: Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517 or visit www.support.woundedwarriorproject.org.
8/6/19-A sad day, my ol buddy Michael
Hayes is gone; he passed away after a short illness last night.
The world will be a little darker without his smile and loving
personality. Mike Magnotta
Mike and his wife have 2 daughters. Jesus
Keep Your Arms Around Them and also to Mikes sisters and
We all know that Life is Fragile Make Today Be Amazing Dear Classmates.
Love, Hugs and Tears coming to Everyone
Love You All,
Sandy Walters Rich
Love to you all and to Mikes family.
Denise (Gloden) Kilbury
When the rickety team bus broke down en route to a football game in Dansville coach Pozega ordered everyone off with instructions to hitchhike the rest of the way. In full uniform the team went chockablock into whatever vehicles stopped to help out. Mike and I ended up in someone's trunk next to a spare tire, a bag of donuts and a gallon of cider. We arrived intact. I cannot say the same for the cider and donuts.
The night before Mike left for basic training he proposed that his farewell party conclude with a dip in the IM pool at MSU. The motion passed and Mike led the charge up and over the chain link fence and into the pool. I explained the reason for trespass to the leader of the cleaning crew who kindly stood by while we took a lap then used his thumb to draw attention to the lights of a police cruiser bowling down Wext Shaw Lane and quietly suggested we vamoose.
It was not all fun and games. The night Bobby Kennedy was assassinated Mike called me at home to gently break the news. We reminisced about that awful night in 1968 just a couple months ago at Scoopy's.
Mike was a good friend to have during those tumultuous times. So long old B.
Sandy (Lortie) DeView
Walking down a path thru the woods to see his memories
Mike was a Marine!