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Michael J. Ey, age 79 of Spring Lake, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by the love of his family on Tuesday, August 11, 2020.  He was born March 5, 1941, in Frackville, Pennsylvania to the late Jerome and Marie (Quinn) Ey.

Mike served in the United States Air Force for 8 years. He was stationed at Pleiku Air Base during the Vietnam War.  He worked over 31 years for the Federal Aviation Administration and retired as an Air Traffic Control Supervisor.  Mike married the love of his life, Sherrie Marie Pontus, on November 30, 1968 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

Mike enjoyed playing golf, skiing, hunting, fishing, and was an avid walker.

Mike is survived by his wife of 51years, Sherrie; son, Kevin (Laurie) Ey; daughters, Seann (Mike) Davis, Shannon (Greg) Rowely, and Tamara (Joel) Meeusen; grandchildren, Lauran and Kyle Ey, Lucas and Jacob Meeusen, and Kara, Mya, and Collin Rowely; and brothers, Jerome Ey, John Ey, and William (Kathy) Ey.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Mary Ann Ey.

Per Mike’s wishes a private family service will take place at a later date.

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Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006, exclusive providers of Veterans Funeral Care.


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  1. Sharon & Joe Celesnik on September 3, 2020 at 8:38 am


    We miss you and Mike at the Pleiku Reunions. You were both always so sweet and welcoming. We are sorry to learn of Mike’s passing. Stay well and remember all the love you shared.

  2. Ronald Moen on September 16, 2020 at 10:19 am

    Sherrie, and family. I worked with Mike in Muskegon, as a controller, 1987-1990. Of him I have several great memories. He always was a person of insight, and wisdom. My fondest memory, which I have recalled to many. Involved a certain public alarm siren. At the tower in MKG, we were tasked with testing this siren each and every Friday at noon….sharp. This usually involved a race by controllers to see whom could push the activation button first…. The siren is a civil defense siren, or disaster warning….it’s LOUD! On this particular Friday, Mike was emphatic as he had not ever activated the siren during his time there. HE WAS GOING TO DO THE ACT!!! And ordered us to STAY AWAY! What Mike didn’t know, and we did, men were painting the siren that very day. And although we tried to stop him…he activated the siren. At this point, he looking rather smug. Then looked down where the siren was located…there we all observed a half dozen men rolling around on a building roof, ears covered writhing in the agony of this blast of sound. We as controllers laughed ourselves silly. While Mike turning away…in embarrassment stated, “I will NEVER push that button again!” It was not about those men, but about Mike. He was always so cool, and I do not remember him being so single minded. He later said…“When I get like that I usually pay the price.”

    Sherrie, I have thought of Mike often. He was a great man, and mentor to me. I’m sad I lost touch with him. Please, convey my deepest condolences to your family. On the day he went to the Lord…God welcomed him home.

    Ron Moen

  3. ronald barnes on October 25, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    To Sherrie and family, Ron & I offer our deepest condolences to all of you. He was loved by many and will be missed by all. We think of you both often and speak of the good times we had. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Love you.

    Ron, Mary Anne & Rhonda

  4. Michelle Barnes on February 21, 2021 at 2:12 am

    Sherrie and family, I was very saddened to hear of Mike’s passing. I have such good memories of our conversations at the weather office. He was a gem and I’ll never forget him.

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