Life Story / Obituary
Exceptionally kind, thoroughly honest, and incredibly generous, George Michael Abraham lived a life rich in family and friends. With unwavering integrity, Mike always thought of others first, and he unhesitatingly gave all he could to help lighten any load they may have carried. A caring and devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend, Mike inspired all who were blessed to know him. Cherished by many, Mike’s legacy will long live in the hearts of those he loved.
1945 was a year marked by much celebration and hope. With the victorious end of World War II, families tuned into the celebratory tunes of Bing Crosby, Perry Como, and the Andrews Sisters, while children delighted in the debut of the slinky. Nowhere was their greater promise for the future than in Muskegon, MI as Patrick and Dorothy (Inman) Abraham welcomed their son Michael into their hearts and home on February 21st.
The youngest of the Abrahams’ four children, Michael grew up in a busy household that was firmly rooted in faith and family. While his father worked at Continental Motors, his mother lovingly cared for the children and home. The family made their home on the east side of the city of Muskegon where they attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Unfortunately, Michael’s father died when he was just 15 years old.
As did his brothers Daniel and Thomas and his sister Patricia before him, Michael attended Steele Junior High and later Muskegon High School. Michael developed a passion for baseball during his early years and played for his school’s team. Though not his favorite years of study, he shared once in later years that baseball is what kept him in high school.
Fortunately, Mike was able to carry his love for baseball into adulthood, for a time, he played for the Zephyr Gas Company baseball team. He also had the pleasure of working with the East Muskegon Little League for two decades as a coach and as treasurer on the board. Mike's big wish was to attend a baseball game in every major league park. Over the years, Mike was able to make his wish a reality having attended a game in each of the original parks. Though baseball was his true love, Mike also enjoyed attending hockey games with his sons and watching football and basketball on television.
While in high school, Mike met Polly Fitzpatrick, a student at Muskegon Catholic Central High School. They began dating and soon set their sights on creating a life together. In time, they married and joyfully welcomed their sons Timothy, Patrick, and Michael into their fold. While the marriage ended after six years, Mike was still very involved in his sons’ lives whom he treasured beyond measure.
After graduating from high school in 1963, Mike found work at Anaconda Wire where he held various positions over the next several years. After suffering a back injury, the company sent him to Muskegon Community College for retraining, and he was able to take a new position that better suited him. Eventually, returned to school at Grand Valley State University where he earned a degree in accounting.
In 1986, Mike purchased equipment from a former sign company and started his own aluminum manufacturing sign company. As the proud owner of Sign Cabinets, Inc., Mike was an excellent boss. He always tried to keep his employees on the job even during tough times. A good and honorable man, when he didn’t have work for them at the sign company, he would send them to fellow church members’ homes to do odd jobs for which he paid them. After nineteen years of hard work and dedication, Mike realized his dream and transferred his company to his sons, Timothy and Patrick In 2005.
After 16 years of being single, in the mid-1980’s, Mike had the good fortune of meeting fellow Muskegon Jaycee, Nancy Chick. They started dating, fell in love and married on October 15, 1988. Together, Mike and Nancy enjoyed attending plays, playing golf, and traveling. During their 30 years together, they felt very blessed to be able to explore many places including England, Europe, Tahiti, and Hawaii. They took seven different cruises and many trips to Las Vegas as well. In retirement, the happy couple enjoyed wintering at their home in Dunnellon, Florida, where they made many dear friends. Mike particularly enjoyed riding his bicycle and helping his neighbors with projects. Mike and Nancy were also good members of Samuel Lutheran Church in Muskegon for many years.
Several months ago Mike developed diabetes-related health issues. Unfortunately, his health declined rapidly, and he was unable to recover; He died on June 12, 2018, at Legacy House in Ocala, Florida. Though the world is undoubtedly less certain in the absence of Mike’s steadfast spirit, may we be comforted by the many memories we will always have of this good man. May we also find comfort in carrying his legacy forward in our in our own lives where he will continue to inspire others as he so inspired us.
Mike will be greatly missed by his wife, Nancy, sons, Timothy (Nen DeRoo), Patrick (Lisa), and Michael; grandchildren, Ryan & Olivia; his sister, Patricia (David) Grochowski; sister-in-law, Cindy Abraham; brother-in-law, Charles (Edna) Chick, many nieces and nephews and his four-legged son, Boomer.
He was preceded in death by his two brothers, Thomas and Daniel Abraham.
Visitation will be Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at Clock Funeral Home, from 6-8 pm. A memorial and celebration of his life will Take place at Samuel Lutheran Church 540 Houston Av., Muskegon, MI. on Thursday, July 12, 2018, at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, please consider the American Diabetes Association, JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) or the Samuel Lutheran Church Endowment Fund