Michael E. Raffler, 62, of Woodland was called home to be with his Lord unexpectedly on Monday, November 12, 2018. Michael was born to Dutch (Elwyn) and Jean (Myers) Raffler on December 18, 1955. On August 13, 1983 he married JoEllen Orsborn. Mike worked at Keeler Brass as a die cast operator and lead man for almost 30 years. He then worked for many years at Munn Manufacturing, where he’d happily do what others would not, especially precision cutting. While working there he gained respect for owner Steve Buehler. Mike loved investing his spare time helping at Good Time Pizza, when Dustin bought GTP it fulfilled a dream for him.
He was a devoted family man who cherished his time spent with his family and friends. The grandchildren brought a lot of joy to Mike and he dearly loved them. Mike and his sister Cheryl (whom God made special) were especially close, in fact Cheryl was chaperone for many of JoEllen and Mike’s dates. Family and friends will always remember how much of a hard worker Mike was, including delivering the Hastings Reminder with his best friend Phil, or helping on the Mazurek’s farm especially with maple syrup.
Michael will be dearly missed by: wife JoEllen; children Jeremy (Casey), Dustin (Angie), Danielle (Chris) Bailey, and Caleb; grandchildren Lincoln and Whitney, Rylie and John, Greyson and Kinsley; siblings Debbie (James) Morrison, Julie (Gerald) Stahl, Diane (Jeff) Slocum and Cheryl Raffler; Paul Salazar who was like a son to Mike; along with many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Mike was preceded in death by his beloved mother Jean Ann as well as his mother in law JoAnne Orsborn.
Visitation will take place on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Faith Bible Baptist Church 7455 N. Woodland Rd. Lake Odessa MI from 5pm until 8pm. Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 16, 2018 11am at the Faith Bible Baptist Church with burial taking place in Woodland Memorial Park, Woodland MI immediately following. Memorials in Mike’s name can be given to Faith Bible Baptist Church or Cedar Creek AFC, 2895 E M 79 Hwy, Hastings, MI. Online condolences can be left at www.koopsfc.com.
Donations may be made to:
Faith Bible Baptist Church
7455 Woodland Road, Lake Odessa MI 48849
Cedar Creek AFC
2895 E M79 Hwy., Hastings MI