Michael was a gentle giant of a man. He was one of the kindest, most compassionate people that anyone would have the honor of calling a friend. A true family man, he always put his wife, son, sister, and grandchildren first.
Michael was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February, 2016. The cancer was staged at 2B, which meant there was a fighting chance of a cure. He was scheduled for a Whipple procedure in February, 2016, but shortly before the surgery, he fell and broke his hip. This set him back six weeks.
Michael had his Whipple procedure in April, 2016, and his surgeon felt very positive with the findings. Of 15 lymph nodes sampled, 5 were considered suspicious. Michael would begin chemotherapy treatment to destroy any remaining cancer cells in his body.
Throughout his nine months of chemotherapy, Michael remained upbeat, cheerful, and always maintained his wicked sense of humor. The chemotherapy never got him down. He always believed in his treatment and that he would beat this dreaded disease.
In July, 2017, Michael sought a second opinion from a world-renowned oncologist at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica. It was time to get control of his increasing symptoms of pain, weight loss, and a diminished appetite. The oncologist recommended taking a break from chemotherapy for a month to see if this would provide relief. Unfortunately, the pancreatic cancer came back with a vengeance. Michael lost his brave battle and passed away on Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Michael leaves behind a loving wife of 33 years, a beloved son, a devoted and loving sister, two gorgeous grandchildren, a large family of cousins, aunts and uncles and many great friends from all over the country.
He will be watching over them and taking care of them as he did in life. He was adored by all who knew him. Whenever and wherever he was admitted, one thing was clear - the hospital staff fell in love with him, and it was said that the nursing staff fought over which ones would get to care for him every shift!
Michael’s medical bills are enormous. Many of his hospitalizations and procedures were minimally covered by his insurance. Any contribution to the goal of a zero balance on these bills is greatly appreciated.
All these years Michael had given us his support, his wisdom, his laughter and his LOVE. Lets give something back.
We thank you so much for your kind consideration.
- Kenny Lippold
- Dave Kohlstedt
- Patty Aylen
Organizer and beneficiary
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