Malcolm 'Mike' McMichael Jr, of Mason City Iowa, passed away in Northbrook Illinois on May 31, 2021 at the age of 91. A fighter and a survivor until the end, Mike outlasted Covid lockdowns and timed his departure to allow his family to gather around him before he relinquished his grip on this world, and in the end drifted peacefully towards the next.
Mike was fierce in his loyalties, whether family, canine, or sport. He was a passionate supporter of all things related to the University of Iowa, rivaled only perhaps by his love of dogs. He was born and raised in Mason City, Iowa, and was a proud Eagle Scout. As a young adult, Mike played basketball, was a member of the Masonic Lodge, and enjoyed the music of Stan Kenton. Mike served in the US Army in the period following WWII, and graduated from the University of Iowa. He was married to his wife Nancy for 61 years, and as Grandpa "Papa," he was a doting father and grandfather. He pursued a career in sales and advertising, and spent the end of his career with J. Walter Thompson in Chicago, while raising his family in the Chicago suburb of Northbrook, where he lived for 57 years. He was a member of and served as Elder of the Village Presbyterian Church in Northbrook.
Mike was an intense supporter of campaigns and causes, whether providing energetic labor for a relief program after Hurricane Katrina, advocating for animal protection, or lobbying to have a USPS stamp designated to honor the Iowa artist Grant Wood. He valued a good story and a good laugh, and we believe he is now at God's side, with a dog at his feet, and sitting around a table of loved ones filled with uproarious laughter telling tall tales and jokes.
He was preceded in death by his beloved parents Sara and Malcolm McMichael Sr of Mason City, Iowa; his sister Sara and her husband Robert Musgjerd of Wilmette. He is survived by his wife Nancy; daughter Barb (Bob) McMichael Poulsen of Arlington Heights; son Malcolm III (Betsy Friesen) of Carbondale, Colorado; and four grandchildren Jim, Kate, Dean and Andy.
A private Memorial Service was held on June 2nd at the Village Presbyterian Church, where his ashes are interred. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Orphans of the Storm animal shelter in Riverwoods, IL or Village Presbyterian Church of Northbrook.
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Published by Chicago Tribune from Jun. 6 to Jun. 10, 2021.