Michael W. "Mike" Corti(1950 - 2013)

Michael W. Corti, 62, of East Lake Shore Dr., Whitefish, MT, died Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at his home.

Born June 25, 1950 in Chicago, IL, he was the son of the late Bill and Phyllis Corti.

He was a 1968 graduate of St. George High School. Mike served his country proudly for 20 years and retired as Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy. He was a decorated Vietnam Veteran with a Purple Heart amongst other honors.

Following his Navy service, he resided in Frederick for many years and worked at Frederick Memorial Hospital as a Purchasing Agent. He initiated new equipment for surgical procedures, working with physicians one on one.

He moved back to Chicago in 2000 to be with his son, Scott. From there he relocated to Bakerton, WV for a brief period; then to Ocean City for five years; and finally to Whitefish, MT in 2006 to spend his later years skiing. Mike was an avid skier traveling all over the world, but his favorite slopes were in Canada. He enjoyed taking the most dangerous trails, including those which were unmarked. Mike was a Ski Instructor while in the service.

He was a member of VFW Post 276 in Whitefish, MT, where he served as Service Officer for four years and Trustee for three years. He belonged to the Military Order of the Cooties, Pup Tent Cootie No. 6. Mike had the distinguished honor of being Montana's Cootie of the Year in 2012.

Mike was a motorcycle "nut" building the fastest custom bike he could ride. "Shorty" of Frederick, whose shop was on Market Street for many years was his cherished friend; working with him to develop his beautiful custom Harley.
His second love was his skull collection of numerous unusual specimens. He entertained downstairs in his home, over his very famous "skull bar". A good time was definitely had by all, including his dog, Sly. Mike very much loved this animal, who brought great joy to his life.

He is survived by his son, Scott Corti and wife Angela of Grace Lake, IL. Also left behind are best friends Lyle Royston, Linda Shaw, and John Gardner, as well as many other friends. Mike didn't know a stranger. He was extremely kind-hearted; helping everyone he could. We love you, Mike, and will miss you very much!

Michael will be honored on Saturday, February 23, 3-6 p.m. at his "home-away-from-home" Old Town Tavern, where a Memorial/Celebration of Life will be held.

Published Online in The Frederick News-Post on Feb. 20, 2013