Life Story / Obituary
Dr. Lou passed away peacefully on April 23, 2017, at the age of 92, in North Muskegon, MI. He was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on August 6, 1924, to Louis William Mrstik and Beatrice Fern (Lloyd) Mrstik. Lou was a true Hawkeye. He attended the University of Iowa and then finished his undergraduate studies at Wayne State University after returning from his service in World War II. Lou graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 1952. Lou was the Chief of Orthopedics at Garden City Osteopathic Hospital, Garden City, MI. He founded the Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program at Garden City Hospital; retiring from an honorable career in medicine in 1987. He was a rare soul, one full of devotion and amity. He defined strength of character and leadership, but underneath he had a heart of gold. Lou is greatly noted for an unwavering and generous dedication to his family and friends. He instilled the spirit of connection with everyone he loved, and was an inspiration to those close to him. Lou had a passion for gardening and the preservation of nature. His family is left with the cherished memories of working in his gardens on “The Hill” each summer in Boyne City, MI. Lou ensured his love for nature was not only passed down to the generations to come in his own family, but also to the world when he donated his treasured land overlooking Lake Charlevoix to the Little Traverse Conservancy in 2011; now known as “The Hill Nature Preserve”.
He is survived by his sister, Mae Hartman of Lansing, MI; his devoted daughters, Deborah (A. James) Potter of North Muskegon, MI, Jacquelyn (C. Michael) Malloy of Northville, MI, and Pamela (Terrance) Manning of Novi, MI; his adoring grandchildren, Daniel (Chelsey) Potter, Sara (Andrey) Budzinskiy, Laura (Timothy) Thompson, Joseph Potter, Morgan Malloy, Tyler, Michelle, and Alexander Manning; great-grandchildren, Roman and Matviy Budzinskiy, Halina Grace Potter, and Willa Thompson; close companion, Gustine Graham; nieces and nephews; and many lifelong friends. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Majorie Annie June Tippin “Tip”; three sisters, Marlys Craig, Betty Watts, and Gail LeMay; and dear nephew, Stirling Stewart. Please consider a gift to the Little Traverse Conservancy, 3264 Powell Rd., Harbor Springs, MI 49740 or plant a tree in Lou’s memory.