Michael John Kauzlarich, 65, of Gaylord, passed away on Saturday, December 17, 2022 at Otsego Memorial Hospital in Gaylord. He was born on November 9, 1957, in Detroit, MI, the son of John and Leona (Tometich) Kauzlarich.
Mike graduated from Cousino High School, and went on to serve in the United States Army for over 20 years. He returned to Michigan, and spent most of his years in Memphis, MI before moving to Gaylord three years ago to be closer to family.
Mike loved to spend time outside; he enjoyed hunting deer, ice fishing, riding his electric bike, camping, and shooting guns with his best friend, Duane Allen. He also enjoyed listening to county music, line dancing, and most of all, spending time with his grandchildren. He could often be found cheering on his beloved Detroit Tigers and Lions when they were playing as well.
Mike is survived by his son, Scotty Leavell of Texas; two brothers, James Kauzlarich of Beaverton, MI, and Paul Kauzlarich of Charlevoix; a sister, Ann Marie Kauzlarich of Charlevoix; a niece, Allison Kauzlarich; and five grandchildren, Hailey, Lea, Parker, Kevin Jr., Alana.
A funeral mass will take place at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, December 23, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Charlevoix with Fr. Peter Wigton officiating. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of mass at 12:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10306.
Arrangements are in the care of the Charlevoix Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Please sign his online guestbook at www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com