Michael Welcher

Michael Welcher

Michael Leo ‘Mike’ Welcher of Otsego, MI went unexpectedly to be with his Lord on Thursday morning April 12, 2012. Mike loved being outdoors. He went up north hunting every year to his uncle Gordon’s ‘Hunting Shack’ with his son, nephews and his uncle Gordon. He also went every summer to Eagle Lake, enjoying just being there with his family and friends and spending many mornings fishing and talking with his daughter. Like his father, Mike was involved for many years with the Scouts. When needed he stepped up and became Cub Master and helped his cub scouts earn many of their achievements. He continued on through Boy Scouts as a Scout Master with his son Tyler.

In his daughter’s younger years he loved going to her dance recitals. He tried to be at all of his children’s events. He especially enjoyed football, wrestling, basketball and track and keeping busy helping out at many athletic events. He’s been a member of the Otsego Athletic Boosters for 5 years spending a lot of time flipping burgers and dogs. His first love was his family.

Michael was born September 21, 1965 in Plainwell to Lloyd and Marilyn (Mahieu) Welcher. On June 16, 1990, in Otsego, he married Stacy Deemer, who survives. Also surviving are his children, Tyler and Brandilee Welcher; his mother, Marilyn (Jerry Fenner) Welcher; a sister, Christine (Michael) Pallett of Plainwell, brother Jeff (Carol) Welcher of Plainwell; brothers-in-law, Steve (Mikkii) Deemer, Scott Deemer, sister-in-law, Sandra Deemer; nieces and nephews, Dillon and Devin Thomas, Sydney and Ryan Welcher, Jessica and Stephanie Deemer, Brandon Bruischart, Megan (Chad) Bouwman; mother-in-law Vicki Deemer, father-in-law, Blair (Jan) Deemer; several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father Lloyd Welcher, whom he missed greatly, grandparents, Clarence and Edna Mahieu, Paul and Barbara Welcher and his uncle Bob Fales.
Friends may meet with his family on Monday from 2-4 & 6-8 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Services will be held Tuesday at 11:00 at the Plainwell United Methodist Church with Pastor Dan Minor officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Michael may be made to the Otsego Athletic Boosters Scholarship Fund or a Benefit Fund for his children.

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  1. Todd, Melanie, Quin, and Tessa Rice says:

    We are very sad for your loss! We are thinking of you and your family at this time. You are all in our prayers!

  2. John Fenner says:

    Our thoughts are with you all during this difficult time. Mike was just a great example of “one of the good guys”.
    John and Terry

  3. Cindy Cobb Lewis says:

    My deepest condolences to all of you. I am so very sorry for your sudden loss and sadness. My hope is that you all may feel the prayers of love, comfort and strength that are being lifted up for each of you.
    With love,
    Cindy

  4. Bryon & Kandy Campbell says:

    Welcher Family (Stacy, Tyler, and Brandilee),
    We are so sorry to hear about your loss, what I knew about Mike (husband / father) is that he was very dedicated to his family and the kids activities. I will miss seeing him on the grill at football games and him and Pat Lisak in the stands cheering on the home team. He has done so much for Otsego Athletics and he will be greatly missed.
    We wil continue to pray for your family as you go through this difficult time.

  5. KEN AND JOEY KLUMPP says:

    We are very saddened by the death of Mike. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad time. May God Bless and Comfort you in your loss.

  6. Theresa Sours says:

    I can’t remember when I didn’t know Mike. He and his family have been my neighbors for many years now. It is a shock to know he is not there anymore, but comforting to know he is in heaven. My prayers go out to all of his family and friends to find peace. Theresa

  7. Troy and Donna Rozema says:

    We want to send our deepest sympathy to your family at this difficult time. Being a great guy, Mike will be greatly missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Linda Commissaris says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of great loss. I’m so sorry and may God grant you peace above all understanding.

  9. Don & Anita Rambadt /Martin,Mi. 49070 says:

    Words seem so hollow at a time like this, and nothing seems to be appropriate enough to help ease the hurt of loosing a loved one. We can only offer our prayers and attempt to support you in your grief.

  10. Dan D Stratton says:

    My condolences to the Welcher family. It sounds like Mike followed in his Dad’s footsteps. You are in my thoughts.

  11. Jeff, Amy, Gib & Brin Nieuwenhuis says:

    Stac and entire family ~ words can’t tell you how sorry we are for your loss. Mike was a wonderful husband, dad, son, brother, uncle, nephew and friend. We are keeping you all in our prayers.

  12. Jerry and Judy Shumaker says:

    To Marilyn, Chris, Jeff and Stacy and families. Please know how very sorry we were to hear about you losing Mike. Our hearts go out to all of you and we are so saddened by this very tragic news. Mike was a great guy and will be missed by so many people.
    Our most sincere sympathy and thoughts are with all of you.
    Jerry and Judy

  13. Amie (Zapf) Hardesty says:

    Please know you all are in my prayers. Mike was an awesome person. I loved playing b-ball with him in Chase’s driveway as a kid. He always had a wonderful sense of humor. Words can not express how sorry I am.

    Amie

  14. Suzie says:

    Stacy & family,

    Very sorry to hear of your loss, may the lord watch over and help you through the tough days ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family

    suzie

  15. Marilyn Page says:

    Marilyn, Chris, Jeff and families, I was very sorry to hear about Mike’s death. My heart goes out to all of you. Mike and his family were great people and he is going to be sadly missed. I have known the Welcher family for many years and they are the greatest people on this earth. My thoughts and prayers will be with all of you.

    Marilyn Page

  16. Jerry Fenner says:

    So sorry to hear the unbelievable news. Our thoughts are with you all.

    Jerry and Joni

  17. Theron & Linda says:

    We can’t know the sorrow that your family has to bear, but we want to express our sympathy and show how much we care. Our thoughts are with you now, and we hope just knowing that we care. Will comfort you somehow.

  18. Ric, Elaine Alex and Marcie Stevens says:

    Stacy Tyler and Brandi so very saddened by your loss of such a great man. We will always remember him for all the wonderful experiences he gave to Alex as his leader in boys scouts. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.

  19. VanDenBerg Families says:

    Marilyn, Chris, Jeff, So very sorry to hear of Mikes death. You are in our prayers and thoughts. “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” May your families find comfort and peace. VanDenBerg Families

  20. Bill and Sally James says:

    Stacy and family – we are so sorry to hear of your sudden loss. Our hope is that you feel all the love, strength and prayers that are being sent your way.

  21. Lori and Terry Steele says:

    Marilyn,Jeff and Chris and families, Terry and I are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time and the weeks to come.
    Lori and Terry

  22. Joycy Snyder says:

    Marilyn and Family so sorry to hear of your loss.

  23. Lori Slaughter says:

    Stacy and family,

    The Slaughter family send their condolences for your loss.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    There are no words that can express how sorry we are for the loss of your loved one.

    Lori, Shae, Shelby and Taryn Slaughter

  24. Commissaris Family says:

    Stacy and family, we are thinking about you and praying God gives you peace during this difficult time. We may not know why these things happen, but we must trust in His master plan.

  25. Harold Welcher says:

    Marilyn and family: Prayers for everyone. Sorry to hear about Michael. We are going to try to make it by Monday to pay our respects. If not, we will be there on Tuesday for sure. Love, Harold and Judy.

  26. Elaine Bennett-Lamberts says:

    Marilyn and Family Sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you
    Elaine

  27. Ruth Stauffer says:

    Stacy, Brandi and Tyler, What shocking and devastating news! I am so sorry about your loss. Michael is dearly loved and will be deeply missed. His legacy lives on in your lives and in the lives of so many others that he touched. May you find comfort in God’s promise to never leave us or forsake us and in the love from your family, friends and community!

  28. The Fenstermaker Family says:

    Stacy and family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are praying the Lord will help you through this time. I wish I knew the words to say but you know how much we love you and are here for you just like you and Mike were there for us!
    All our love,

    Eric, Beth, Elijah, Ezekiel & Elliana Fenstermaker

  29. Chris, Tiffany, Kristen and Ryan Quertermus Quertermus says:

    We are so sorry for all of the sorrow you must be feeling. We are thinking of you and sending our love and prayers for you and your whole family.

  30. Meert Family says:

    Stacy and family

    We are so sorry to hear about your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  31. Mike, Stephanie, Steve, Nate & Dylan Bush says:

    To Stacy and family-
    We are so sorry for your loss. Praying for God to bring you all peace, strength, and healing.
    Mike, Stephanie, Steve, Nate & Dylan Bush

  32. Lana Hale Cameruci says:

    Words just cannot express how sad I am. Mike’s family and mine were close through our childhood years. I have many wonderful memories of cookouts and swimming in the pool; many great times with our families. I can only find comfort in knowing that Mike is at peace in heaven. God definitely will have a place for Mike. I will always remember his gentle, friendly welcoming nature with a genuine smile. Even if many years would pass between seeing each other I always felt like I had a good friend in Mike. He was just a wonderful guy! Many prayers here for his family.

  33. Kim, Joe, Kyle and Joshie Chapman says:

    Stacy and family,
    We are so sorry about the sudden loss of Mike. Our thought and prayers will be with you during this difficult time. Kyle is sending a BIG bear hug you way.

  34. Dan, Jodi, McKenzie & Max Murphy says:

    Stacy and family,
    Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead.

  35. Jim and Patti Hewitt says:

    To Marilyn and Christine, and the other family members I don’t know,

    Words aren’t much comfort at this time. Please know that we are thinking of you and send our heartfelt sympathy.

  36. The Quertermus Family says:

    We are so sorry for all of the sorrow you must be feeling. We are thinking of you and sending our love and prayers for you and your family.

    Love, Chris, Tiffany, Kristen and Ryan

  37. Sue & Doug Smith says:

    Marilyn Jeff Chris and Stacy
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. It is hard to find the words to express our feelings for your loss. You will be in out thoughts and prayers.

  38. Moran Family says:

    We all are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you every day. Mike is a great guy and will be greatly missed. Keep all the great memories close to you in your hearts and may every day give you strength to get you through the toughest days. Remember that Mike will be watching over all of you in everything you do day by day. Love all of you and will be in our thoughts.

    Bruce, Kris, Kim and Brady Moran

  39. Marion Stamp-Cole says:

    I always remember seeing Mike at football and track and field events supporting the kids and helping with concessions. My heart goes out to you Stacy, Tyler, and Brandilee. You are in our prayers
    Marion and family

  40. Laurie (Hale) Pizarro says:

    Stacy, Marilyn, Chris & Jeff (and families). Just want to let you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. Even though life has changed direction, always know that Mike’s memory will live on forever.

    With sympathy,
    Laurie

  41. Dan & Kathy Burnham & Family says:

    Stacy and family, Marilyn, Jeff and Chris. This is so sad and almost unbelieveable. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Mike is now reunited with his father and will help make a place in heaven for all of you to be together again. Stacy be as strong as we know you are. God Bless you all.

  42. Carol & Michael Monroe says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Mike was very important in Michael’s growth and learning in the
    scouting program. Please let me know if I can do anyhing for you.

  43. Robin (Bos) McNair says:

    My deepest condolences to all. My heart weeps for the sadness felt, but rejoices that he is with the Lord. To have known Mike since we were five, to grow up living next door, graduate next to him, and having our first born be the same day age apart as we were are memories that are ever engraved in my heart. There isn’t a better friend or man. I am better person for knowing him.

  44. Laughlin family says:

    Stacy, Tyler and Brandi-
    We feel absolutely devastated over this tremendous hole that’s been ripped in our hearts. We can’t imagine your pain. Mike was a wonderful man who was a great friend to us, a huge fan to all of our “Dawgs” and certainly a giant influence in Matthew-Bodine’s life, too. He will be sorely missed. Please know we are thinking and praying for you all. May you find peace and comfort knowing that you have a community of support.
    Sincerely-
    Mike, Lori, Matthew, David, Jack and Elli

  45. Britt, Ava and Layna Tran Kirchinger says:

    We shared a lot of memories of Mike out at Eagle Lake tonight, he even still has some work unfinished! It was just a few weeks ago that he was helping me push my car out of the icy driveway and I almost took his eye out ~ we laughed after the fact. What I will always remember is his smile, I can’t imagine him without that smile on his face. What an amazing father and Staci the dedication the two of you had for each other was something we all should envy. I will miss him calling me “stuck up”, and Laynie will miss being called “trouble maker” and him sticking his tongue out at her. I think I can speak for all the Trans when I say we were so blessed to have him touch our lives for so many years, and so devastated at the sudden loss. We love you Stac, Brandi and Tyler. Prayers for you all along with Marilyn, Jeff, Chris and families. May God comfort you all at this difficult and confusing time.

  46. Marlene Mentzer says:

    Marilyn & Family,

    I was so very saddened to hear about Mike, such a shock for all of
    you. May your many memories help you through this most difficult time & the days ahead. My thoughts & prayers are with you.

    With sympathy & love.
    Marlene

  47. Greg, Katrina and Lexi Glazier says:

    Stacy, we are so very very sorry. I have been praying for you and your family I sure will miss the two of you cheering at our OHS football games. Mike’s voice was louder than our own cheerleaders! Memories will be your most treasured gift…keep them close to your heart Stacy. God bless you my friend.

  48. LaVonne and Debbie Barnum says:

    Marilyn and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May the thoughts and prayers of so many bring some peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  49. Bob & Lynn, Mike - Matt - Marie Higgs says:

    Stacy, Tyler, Brandi, and family. We have many wonderful memories of Mike from attending High School with him to watching him be a wonderful person loving and serving your family and community. We are deeply sorry for your loss and will continue to pray for all of you in this time. With God’s Love, Comfort & Peace to all of you.

  50. Kathy Smith says:

    Stacey, Tyler, Brandi: My sincerest condolences to all of you in the loss of your husband and father. You are all in my prayers.

  51. George & Linda Palmer and families says:

    Marilyn, Chris, Jeff and families, Stacy and kids, we all were shocked and saddened to hear of Mike’s death. May your memories of happy times with him bring comfort to you as time goes by. We pray that God’s love will sustain you and bring comfort.

  52. Lee Brough says:

    For Mike’s Family and Loved Ones:

    I am an insulator for Kasten Insulation and have worked with Mike for a long time. He was always a great and caring guy. I am proud to have had him for a good friend.

    Please accept my smpathies for your loss.

    Sincerely,
    Lee Brough

  53. Steve and Mary Schuiteboer says:

    To the entire family, Mere words can’t express how deeply shocked and saddened we were to hear of Michael’s death. Memories of Lloyd’s untimely death came flooding back like it was just yesterday. We are so very glad we were able to see Mike, Stacy and Brandi in December when we were in Michigan. His amazing smile said volumes about the wonderful man he was. We are sending continued prayers of comfort and strength as you all deal with this enormous loss. Love to all Steve, Mary, and Amy Schuiteboer.

  54. The Banks Family says:

    Staci, Tyler, and Brandi-
    Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May God’s love comfort you.

  55. Paul & Rita Mitchell says:

    Stacy, Tyler and Brandi,
    You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. We were very saddened and are so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband and father. We pray that God will comfort each of you and that many happy memories will bring you relief from your grieving as time goes on. Your family is strong because of the love you all shared. Mike’s love will always be with you.

  56. The Lisak family says:

    Stacy, Big “T”, and Brandilee,
    Mike was such a wonderful man to so many people. We will miss sitting a football games and cheering with him. The nights around the firepits won’t be the same without Mike. We will treasure all the great times. May all your memories help get you through each day. Our hearts are so sad. We love you guys and will always be there for you. RIP “SB”.

  57. Glenn, Tanya, & Brynn Merica (and boys) says:

    Stacy, kids, & family,

    We are so very sorry to hear of this tragic loss. Please accept our deepest sympathies during this difficult time. May you find comfort in the fact that you will meet again someday! Many thoughts and prayers are sent your way….

  58. Deb Mason says:

    Christine & Family – I am so sorry for your loss. Take comfort in knowing that people love you and care. Hold on to the wonderful memories. May God Bless all of you.

  59. Kim Jacobs says:

    Ms. Stacy and family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. We are praying for God’s comfort and a peace that passes all understanding for the days and weeks ahead.

    Love,

    Jason, Kim, Owen, Leah, Carly and Ryan Jacobs

  60. The Back Family(Dave, Paula, David, Nicole and Alyssa says:

    We are so sorry to hear about Mike. He was a great man. We loved being an Otsego football fan right along side him as we watched our boys! We have and will continue to pray for your family.

  61. Amanda Ruimveld says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Love you guys.

  62. Steve Hoekstra says:

    Prayers are with you, Mike was a wonderful man!

  63. Bronson says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your great loss!! Prayers will be w/ you and your kids!!!

    Joe, Kecia , Tyler, Travis and Alie

  64. Steve and Analinda Marlett and family says:

    We are so sorry to hear of the sudden loss of Mike. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We hope you find strength and comfort in all the wonderful memories you shared together. Sending our love.

    Steve, Analinda, Lucas and Lauren Marlett

  65. Rita Howard says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May you find peace in the memories of Mike.

  66. Uncle Dick & Aunt Sandy says:

    We are sorry we couldnt make it up, but you are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless all of you. We love you.

  67. Lana & David Rasnake says:

    So sorry to hear about Michael, our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We hope God will see you though and give you strength and comfort. You have a lot of memories of Mike which will be with you forever. Again our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    Lana and David Rasnake

  68. Brenda and Alan Tran says:

    Stacy, T, Brandi and the entire family,

    Ours words can not express our grief and sorrow for your family. We considered your family as part of our extended family and we are sure you felt the same.

    We were first introduced to your family through Lloyd and the many fine times we had working with Lloyd and Marilyn for the Plainwell Athletic Boosters.

    Now with the passing of Mike, just as his father did in an untimely manner, it only makes the feelings for your family grow stronger.

    Our memories are many, but the one that really stands out is the night Mike was sent to out cottage to save Brenda from an intruder, at Eagle Lake. All he was given to protect her with was the plastic wiffle ball bat Brenda gave him. Fortunately it all worked out and the intruder was taken away by the police.

    It gave us something to talk about every year the family came out to the lake. As you would expect, Mike made a joke of it. Every year the family would come out to the lake to stay, Mike would bring Brenda a wiffle ball bat and a jar of pickle juice. Pickle juice from our refrigerator was all the intruder took before he went outside.

    From that time forward Stacy, Vicki and the kids made sure they had frying pans to use just in case they needed them.

    This is only one of many fond memories. We again express our sympathy for the entire family and look forward to seeing you this summer at Eagle Lake.

    Love, Brenda and Big Al

  69. Kelly Jackson and Lili penny says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family during this difficult time.

  70. Scott Chandler says:

    Welcher Family,
    I am sorry to hear of your loss. I heard of it only last night. You will be in my thoughts and prayers today. I find comfort in knowing that we shall be together again some glad day on that other shore.

  71. Diane Rice says:

    Stacy, and family……. i am so very sorry for your loss….. i just read about it in Shoppers Guide…. and was shocked….. i an sending you my love and tons of hugs…..i pray GOD will surround you with all HIS love…… You are in my thoughts and prayers…

  72. Tresha Handley & Family says:

    Are thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, so very sorry for your loss.

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