Michael “Mike” was born December 7, 1956 at Allegan General Hospital. His parents Ronald and Evelyn Frank were excited about the first male child in the family. His sister Kathryn passed away from pneumonia about 2 months after his birth and Mike was also infected with the pneumonia virus and spent several weeks in the hospital. This began a long battle with respiratory issues that finally led to his death on May 5, 2019.
Mike spent his life focusing on two areas of passion – the centennial farm and his skills in construction. He resided at 1220 142nd Ave. in the family farm. The farm was bought by Joseph Frank in 1847 and is still maintained and occupied by a member to the Frank lineage. Mike spent time researching the original land patent, the history of the farm and the ancestors that came prior to his moving into the farm. He has spent several years working or replacing old buildings and restoring fields and crops to a productive farm.
Mike used his skills in construction to builds items from the doghouses, sheds, decks, barns, garages, and homes. In earlier years his skills built engines, cars, and basically anything broken. He lived in the Wayland and Moline areas for most of his life and was often seen in restaurants with a group of friends from various construction and farming projects.
Preceding Mike in death are his paternal grandparents John and Arlah Frank; maternal grandparents Clyde and Myrtle Moore and his sister, Kathryn. He has left a large family of parents, siblings, children, step-children, nieces, nephews, and friends. His parents Ronald and Evelyn Frank; siblings Deborah Frank Thompson and their son, Damon Thompson; Laurie Frank and her daughters Tara Veldkamp, Alysia (Erik Mendez) Veldkamp and their daughter, Raelynn Mendez; his son Richard (Tiffany) Frank, their children Rosalina Frank, Grace Frank, Hannah Frank, Logan Juhas, Jaiden Juhas, Emma Juhas; his son Douglas (Heather) Frank and their child, Ryan Lowing; his daughter Christina (John) Frank Karnisz and their child, Zachary Karnisz; and his step-children April, Soomee, and Michel.
Visitation will be from 2 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Kubiak-Cook Funeral Home – Wayland Chapel, 312 N. Main St., Wayland, MI 49348. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, May 10, 2019 at Kubiak-Cook Funeral Home, Wayland Chapel with visitation from 12:30 – 1:15 p.m. prior to the service. Internment will be at Elmwood Cemetery. In memory of Mike and in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Project Hope in Dorr, MI. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at www.kubiakcook.com.
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1808 143rd Ave. PO Box 241, Dorr MI 49323