Michael P. Farrell
Mike was born December 18, 1941, in Logansport, IN, to Paul and June Farrell. 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. In May of 2019, Mike and Joyce celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary. Mike’s decorations received for his service include the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with Three Stars, and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device. 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.
Mike was laid to rest with full military honors at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, Michigan.