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Michael (Mike) Meacham, 81, of Newaygo, passed away peacefully on May 13, 2018 at home under the care of Hospice of Michigan. 

The son of John & Genevieve (Williams) Meacham, he was born December 13, 1936 in Tacoma, Washington. Mike attended Lincoln High school and later joined the United States Army. Mike was a decorated veteran, serving during the Vietnam Era, and earning the Sharpshooter and Good Conduct Medal.

Mike was an auto mechanic and retired from Glenn’s Texaco in 2000.  He was a gifted and accomplished musician and singer.  He performed throughout the United States over several decades as a leader and member of several bands.

He is proceeded in passing by his parents and his son, Robert Meacham.  Mike is survived by his wife, Esther Viola (Kohtala); brothers, John (Jack) and Leonard (Buck); sons Michael Robin Yates, Gary Allen Yates, Joseph Eugene Yates, Michael Alex Meacham; and daughters, Susan Elaine Meacham and Kathleen Diane (Meacham) Smith. He has also been blessed with numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great great-grandchildren.

Mike had many things that he loved and held dear.  His family and his dogs were at the top of the list. Memorial contributions can be made to One Last Treat at  Mike was blessed to receive 2 companions from this organization.  Melvin, who passed last year, and Homer, who will remain with Mike’s family.

Honoring his wishes, cremation has taken place. Celebration of life to be scheduled at a later date. To view complete information, send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Mike’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Arrangements were entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, honored provider of Veterans Funeral Care.


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  1. Kayla shroat (yates) on May 17, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Grandpa so many things I wanted to talk about but just not enough time ….I really wish I had known you growing up! In the little time I did have you In my life i felt connected and wanted to get to know you. I looked forward to your visits in Washington . You will be missed by many but nvr forgotten…. fly high with the Angels Grandpa

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