Michael Clarence OrthJanuary 14, 1958 ~ August 4, 2017 (age 59)
Michael C. (Mike) Orth, age 59 of Grand Ledge, MI
On August 4, 2017, Mike lost his courageous battle with cancer. Mike was born in Wichita, KS January 14, 1958, to Clarence J. and Mary Frances Orth. He is survived by his children: Aubry and Aron Orth; stepchildren Amy, Justin Fleitz and Anson Fleitz; siblings: Annette (Gerald) Engelbrecht, Duane (Vickie) Orth, Frank (Terri) Orth, Peggy (Bob Flair) Muhlenbruch, Ginny (Ken) Criswell, Kathy (Rick) Brush, Mark (Eugenia) Orth, Jeannine (Alan) Hallock and Ken Orth; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and friends. Mike was preceded in death by wife, Maria (Lily) Orth, parents and grandparents.
Mike attended Andale High School in Andale, KS, where he graduated with honors. He was the “class clown,” coining many phrases and assigning many nicknames (most of which remain to this day). Mike, alias “Super Scum” was entertaining and endearing, and loved by all. His enormous intellect led him into many discussions and debates, and after various occupations, (including construction—he developed blueprints for several homes with no formal training), he eventually made his way to college at the age of 44, receiving his BA in Psychology from Thomas Edison State College in 2004 (with the help of “Online Education for Dummies”), and his Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2007, having made the Dean’s List and Honor Roll all eleven terms, and graduating in the top 5% of his class (11th out of 243). While in Law School, Mike was SBA Senator, a mentor in the ABA Mentor/Mentee Program (through which he developed many lasting friendships), a teaching assistant in Taxation, and Proofreading Editor and writer of the school newspaper (The Pillar). During his professional career as an intern at the Michigan Department of Attorney General, he was particularly proud of writing an amicus brief to the Michigan Court of Appeals. Later, both at the IRS Office of Chief Counsel and then in private practice, he enjoyed dealing with issues pending before the US Tax Court. Contrary to the typical image of “the scary tax man,” Mike took pride in being able to relate to people and help them through what he knew was an intimidating process. Though his career was cut short in order to care for his wife, followed by the diagnosis of his brain tumor, Mike left a legacy of caring with many people who are grateful for his guidance.
Mike loved his family, and his children were truly his pride and joy. He enjoyed watching sports of any kind, was a big KU and KC Chiefs fan, and particularly enjoyed fishing with family, much to the dismay of his sisters, who for obvious reasons could not endure the marathon excursions out in the boat quite like the boys— “just five more minutes” (for hours!). We like to think that he is now in heaven, fishing with Dad, repeatedly exclaiming “FISH ON!”
Mike’s heart was as big as his brain, and he will be fondly remembered and missed by the multitude whose lives he touched through his intellect, charm, wit and compassion. Per his wishes, cremation has taken place and private services in his hometown of Andale, KS will be held at a later date. Donations can be made to Mike’s children to help with funeral expenses. Please contact RosierFuneralHome.com for further information, or to leave a comment or light a candle for Mike. The family is being served by the Independent Family owned Funeral Home in Sunfield: Rosier Burial & Cremation Services.
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