Michael Dale Kuenzel, age 37, of Burr Oak, unexpectedly went
to be with his Lord and Savior Wednesday morning May 27, 2009 at his home.
He was born January 30, 1972 in Three Rivers, Michigan a son to Dale S.
and Phyllis (Plank) Kuenzel. Michael’s parents were so blessed to have
this special child. He was such a joy although he faces many obstacles
in his life. His favorite nickname was “Mit the Kit”.
Michael lived in Sturgis most of his life where he attended Sturgis High
School, moving to Burr Oak in 2008. He had worked in and around the
Sturgis area since he got out of school.
Michael’s greatest passion in life was helping other people. He worked
at soup kitchens, helping to feed the poor and homeless. He never met a
stranger because he would always stop to help someone out. Michael’s
happiest times were when he volunteered to help with the Special
Olympics and chaperoning as they played different sports around the state.
Michael was involved with the Special Olympics for many years. Sometimes
renting a court at the Doyle Center so they could practice before the
He once said, “They gave me more than I could ever give back”. Michael
always said his greatest role model was his brother Bryan who played in
Michael had a great love for music, not only listening, but writing
songs and often performing in his best friend’s band.
Michael had recently started attending Grace Christian Fellowship in
Sturgis, saying it felt like home.
He touched many lives with his kindness and his very loving and giving
Michael is survived by his Dad; Dale S. Kuenzel of Burr Oak, Mother and
Step-Father; Phyllis L. and John Dudley of Howe, Indiana, Brother; Bryan
Kuenzel of Burr Oak, Paternal Grandmother; Ruth Holmes of Burr Oak,
Maternal Grandmother; Dorothy Plank of Constantine and several aunts,
uncles and cousins.
In accordance with his wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial
service celebrating the life of Michael Dale Kuenzel will be held at
11:00 A.M. Tuesday, June 2^nd at Grace Christian Fellowship, 300 Timothy
St., Sturgis, Michigan. The Rev. Ross Gerber will officiate. A meal and
time of fellowship and sharing of memories will follow the service at
The Hackman Family Funeral Homes – Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St.,
Sturgis, MI 49091 is entrusted with the arrangements.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Michael
Kuenzel’s memory to consider the Special Olympics of St. Joseph County
c/o: Trudy Camp, Pathfinder Center, 62445 Shimmel Rd., Centreville, MI
49032. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.