Of Clarklake, MI passed away at home under the loving care of his family on Friday, August 03, 2012. He was born January 16, 1956 to Henry and Betty (Day) DeKarske in Jackson.
He graduated from Jackson Northwest High School in 1975, and was the proud co-owner and CEO of Clarklake Machine, Inc. for 31 years. He was an active member and elder of Pathway Community church and a member of the Jackson area Emmaus Community. He was a man of faith, family, and hard work. He loved fishing, spending time with friends and family, working with his hands, and helping everyone in any way he could.
Mike is remembered by Debby his wife of 37 years; children, Sandra (Phil) Brewer, Sarah (John) Hill, Stephen (Amber), Shaun (Cori); and grandchildren, Teagan, Margaret, and Alice. He is further survived by his mother; brothers Mark (Sue), Matt (Theresa), Joe (Rachel); sister, Mary (Dan) Fletcher; and a host of loving relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father.
At his request, cremation has taken place. A celebration of his life will be held at 4:00 pm, Monday, Aug 6, 2012 at Pathway Community Church, 5225 Clinton Rd, in Jackson with Pastor Scott Hardaway officiating. The family will visit with friends at the church beginning at 2:00 pm. Mike's request was that memorial contributions may be made to Pathway Community Church for The Seven Project.
Chas. J. Burden & Son Funeral Home
1806 E. Michigan Ave.
Jackson, MI 49202