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Michael Patrick Musser

Michael Patrick Musser, age 77, a respected mathematician, passed away on January 30, 2020, after a devastating battle with Lewy Body Disease.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Aaron and Ruby Musser; and his brother, Anthony Musser.  He is survived by his wife, Christine Doele Musser; his daughters, Kristy (Christopher) Van Wingerden, and Michelle Benham; his beloved grandchildren, Shelby Benham, Case Van Wingerden, Noelle Van Wingerden, Emilise Benham; several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Barb Musser, Anne (Bob) Lillie, Margaret (Frank) Koeder; Harry (Lynette) Doele, Fred Doele; many nieces and nephews; and his faithful friend, G. Douglas McKay.    According to his wishes cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

  1. Dearest Christine, Please know how very sad I feel seeing this obituary for Mike. What an incredible thief Lewy Body is. I shall forever remember his wicked sense of humor and his tremendous ability to connect with kids. He was a good friend during my rookie years at KHHS, and made a life long impression on this old girl! My faith tells me he is restored in Christ… and possibly causing quite a ruckus in heaven! I miss you!

    - Sue Thomson Wilterink
  2. Dear Chris, Christy and Christine, So sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad and Husband. May our Father in Heaven bless you with His peace and comfort as you celebrate Mike’s life. I remember Him as a really good math teacher. I was never a big fan of math classes, but he made Geometry and Trig enjoyable and interesting for me.

    - Ken & Beverly Rinzema
  3. Dear Chris, I am heartbroken to hear of Mike’s passing. I will forever remember his smile and fabulous sense of humor. I truly hope all the good memories of your life together will help you through this trying time. My deepest sympathy and love to you and your family. With much respect and love, Nancy Wier

    - Nancy Wier
  4. I’m so sorry to hear of Mr. Musser’s passing. May he suffer no longer from this terrible disease. I think of you often, Ms. Doele, with much fondness and good memories. Thanks to you both for teaching us life skills we will always use.

    - Sandy Piccard Billingsley
  5. I am so sorry to hear about Mike’s passing. He was a legend…”THE MUSS.” I have so many memories of him, Chris, Kristy and Michelle. I will cherish the memories forever. RIP, Mike!

    - Tom Greene
  6. Chris, I am so sorry to hear about your loss of Mike. He was a very fun, special person and I have many fond memories of the times I spent with you two. I’m sending hugs and hope of wonderful memories to help you at this time.

    - Karen Jones
  7. So very sorry to hear this sad news. Please accept our sincere sympathies at this difficult time. Mike was my one if my favorite cousins while growing up. So full of fun and great stories. Great memories. ❤️

    - Karen & Tom Myers
  8. So sorry for this loss. Mike was a great man. Love and sympathy from Todd, Nicky and Cole.

    - Todd Brown
  9. I will never forget him, he was a great teacher and a great man. His teaching methods were sometimes unconventional and because of that I have grown to have great respect for him. He was a big reason I became an educator my self. Ms. Doele and family may God comfort you in this time.
    Michael Blue

    - Michael Blue
  10. I was saddened to read of Mike’s passing. He made “math” understandable to me. May our Lord travel with Christine and family through the days and weeks ahead. M. Maitner class of 72″

    - Marc Maitner
  11. Ms. Doele,

    I am saddened to hear if Mr. Musser’s passing. I have great memories of both of you at Kenowa. Keep the great memories alive. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this most difficult time.

    - Laura Daugherty (Blue)
  12. We kids were pleased to hear that you, Ms. Doele, and Mr. Musser were getting married. Quite a match! A great math teacher and a great english teacher! For a while there, you probably had the same kids in class. I hear it now, “You wouldn’t believe what Rose asked in class…” It is sad to hear how such a great mind went the way of that disease. May God see you through as well as before you met Mike. All the best to you and yours.

    - Rose Rogers Deguara
  13. Dear Chris- I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Mike. I have many fond memories of the years we spent together at KHHS. You and your family are in my prayers.

    Dick & Nancy Robinson

    - Dick&Nancy Robinson
  14. Ms. Doele,
    So very, very sorry to read about Mr. Musser’s passing. Although I was never lucky enough to have him as a teacher, the two of you have always been very special to me. Hoping memories will bring you strength and peace. Take Care.

    - Kim Reynolds
  15. Thoughts and prayers to your family. Love, Heather (Doug&Sue’s daughter)

    - Heather Kubiak
  16. Hi Christine:

    So many great memories from my early years of teaching and working with both you and Mike. This is such a loss for all. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

    - Reed Bretz
  17. Sad news, but what joy I feel that Mike is rid of that awful disease. I let Georgia know about the news. I remember how she and Mr. Musser had such different opinions on the importance of math. At least he passed her. Prayers for peace as you and your family continue life’s journey without him.

  18. Mr. Musser was one of the best. I have many fond memories of his classes. I learned a lot from him. I also still have my official “I survived the Muss” pin in a box. Many awards were given in high school, but that one was definitely earned. My condolences to Ms. Doele who I also remember with great fondness.

    - Eric VanDop
  19. My Dear Christine!
    I am so sorry to read about Mike! My heart is so sad. I am in Florida but when I return I will give you a call. Hugs my friend.
    Love you

    - Lynn Mason
  20. Uncle Mike was a guy who could show you how to solve for a complex math equation, then teach you how to properly think through one of life’s great mysteries and still have enough in him to provide a lesson in humor that might make a New York real estate tycoon blush in front of his next future ex-wife.
    His passion for things intellectual was equally matched by his hearty laugh and the warmth with which he made many a niece, nephew and grandchild feel just a bit better about their day after spending time with him. Whether talking about school, friends, politics, music or Michigan, he both brought insight and, as importantly, CARED about what you brought to the conversation and made you feel important, Whether or not you were even old enough to contribute to the conversation.

    As I’ve been thinking about Uncle Mike in the last few days, more than ever I realized how much of me was, at least in part, due to his being in my life. There are obvious things, like the toilet humor we shared, or the many Saturdays spent draped in maize in blue quietly and peacefully enjoying Michigan football games… or was it hurling words at the field that were only added to the lexicon with the invention of the Urban Dictionary? There were the many trips out west to Yellowstone, where in lucky years we would meet up and enjoy a Fat Tire on the deck of the Old Faithful Inn and wax poetic about the Bison crossing the river, or an Eric Clapton song, or percentages. The first thing I learned to cook was teriyaki pork tenderloin because Uncle Mike cooked it for me, my brother and a friend on one of those trips. I loved the guitar because Uncle Mike showed me a couple of chords.

    In the past seven or eight years Uncle Mike always ended a phone call with, love you Guy. It started out of no where, but like all of the times I was lucky enough to spend time with him, it made me feel good. It was special because it made me feel like a special person to him. So I say back to him, Love you guy.

    - Benj Lillie
  21. Dear Family, Although I have not seen Mike and the family for far too many years, I have so many wonderful memories of Tony & Mike growing up. We shared so many laughs together .He had a marvelous sense of humor and I know he will be greatly missed.

    - BBeth Kendall Hadas Knox
  22. Ms. Doele-Musser,
    My condolences go out to you, your family, relatives, and friends of Mr. Musser. Remembering back in high school working in groups my group members would always send me up to ask for help solving algebra problems. I don’t know if they feared him or what, but I was always
    greatful for his patience working with me. As for you Ms. Doele I had you as a teacher in middle school and will always remember you awarding me the most improved grammarin student in our class. As I write this it seems like it was not long ago you both played a part of who I am today. I know he is in a better place and will be remembered by all those who were lucky enough to know him. My thought and prayers are with you all.
    Alberto Saenz

    - Alberto Saenz

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