Michael passed and has gone home to be with the Lord on August 21 at the age of 62.
Michael was born in Lubbock, Texas in 1954 to Rudolph and Wanda, and as a child moved to Bakersfield, California, where he would go on to raise his family, work as a registered nurse and find his second home in Valley Baptist Church.
Michael enjoyed riding his motorcycle, playing trombone and guitar, scuba-diving and spending time with his family. He was also a regular blood donor, donating more than 17 gallons to Houchin Blood Bank. For 20 years, he was part of the church's orchestra and particularly enjoyed the Jubilation Brass group. Most recently, his grandchildren were the light of his life.
Michael joins his mother, Wanda Nunes, and stepfather, Don Nunes, and his in-laws Maurice and Wanda Rogers.
He leaves behind Linda, his beloved wife of 39 years, and his three daughters, Lisa Williams, Bethany Ardis-Barnhart and Kelly Ardis. He also leaves six grandchildren (Gavin, Ryleigh, Ainsley and Tatum Williams and Aiden and Grace Barnhart) and son-in-law, Jeff Williams.
Michael is also survived by: sister Linda Benton-Rafanan (Ken), brother Dwayne Ardis (Fran), father Rudolph Ardis, stepmother Hazel Ardis, uncle Johnie Bradford (Sue), their extended families and many close family friends.
A memorial service for Michael will be held Friday, Aug. 26 at 11 a.m. at Valley Baptist Church, located at 4800 Fruitvale Ave.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate blood to Houchin if able or donate money to Honor Flight Kern County.
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