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Michael "Mike" Conrad York, 68, of Traverse City, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. Mike was born on July 21, 1949 in Flint to the late Donald and Annamarie (Shippy) York.
Mike and Gloria Yvonne Gibson met and fell in love while attending college at the University of Michigan - Flint. The two were married on Dec. 22, 1970, and together they raised their beautiful daughter Jennifer.
Mike honorably served our country in the United States Air Force. Upon his return from the service he earned his master's degree in educational psychology from Michigan State University.
Mike and Gloria lived in California for 30 years and eventually moved to Traverse City eight-and-a-half years ago. He worked as a consultant for Estrada Associates, LLC and as a substitute teacher for special needs students with Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District.
Mike was very active in his faith. He was a parishioner at St. Patrick Catholic Church, serving as maintenance director, a eucharistic minister and lector. He was a member of the men's group, the secretary for the Pastoral Council, coordinator for the Old Engine Show and active with Christ Renews His Parish.
In his spare time Mike enjoyed handyman tasks and hiking. He especially liked to hike near the Sleeping Bear Dunes. Most importantly, Mike loved his family. He was a devoted husband, father, grandpa, brother and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Mike is survived by his wife of almost 47 years, Gloria; daughter, Jennifer (Brent) Altomare; granddaughter, Chloe; siblings, Gail (Jeff) McDonald, Mark (Marilyn) York and Matt (Joanne) York; sisters-in-law, Patsy (Cline) Blount, Faye (Richard) Vanbeenen, Naomi (Dick) Jacot and Laqueta (Gary) Strawn; and many nieces and nephews.
Mass will be held on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017 at St. Patrick Catholic Church at 11 a.m., with a visitation held one hour prior. Fr. Greg McCallum and Deacon Rene Hoenscheid will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the St. Patrick Catholic Church Food Pantry.
Kindly share thoughts and memories with Mike's family at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.
Published on August 17, 2017
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