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Michael P. Farrell

December 18, 1941 ~ November 23, 2019 (age 77)


After a lengthy illness, Michael passed away on Saturday, November 23, 2019, at home, surrounded by his family. Mike was born December 18, 1941, in Logansport, IN, to Paul and June Farrell, who preceded him in death. Mike was a graduate of Purdue University, with a degree in Pharmacy. Following graduation he worked briefly at the State Hospital in Logansport before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. He attended Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI, where he met and married his wife Joyce. Last May, Mike and Joyce celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary. After the Navy he began working for the Upjohn Company in Kalamazoo and also Bronson Hospital in the evenings. Mike retired from the Upjohn Company after 33 years. He was an avid tennis player and sports photographer. Evenings and weekends he could be found shooting sports photos for the Kalamazoo Gazette at any of the local high schools and colleges. Mike was also a stringer for the Indianapolis Star and loved attending and shooting the Indianapolis 500. Besides his wife Joyce, Mike also leaves behind a son Patrick (Yumiko) and two grandchildren, Kenji and Saya. In accordance with his wishes cremation will take place and a private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mike's name may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan or the charity of one's choice. Please visit Mike's webpage for directions, online guest book or to leave a condolence.

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