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■I know it is difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, but looking back in memory may help comfort you tomorrow. Thinking of you at this difficult time. Much Love.
Lori, Michael, Shane, Christopher, & Andrew Deaton.
4/2/2012 10:36 PM
 
Mike was no doubt a free spirit, the truest definition of the meaning. He never talked bad about anyone. In conversations with Mike you knew he was proud of the things he had done and seen in his life. He loved his family and his friends. He wanted to enjoy every waking moment, and he expected nothing less of himself than to appreciate it all. In 2010 we rode in the largest toys for tots ride in Kentucky. People approached him and his motorcycle talking about how cool his bike was. Mike replied hasn't anyone in Kentucky ever seen a bike like this! For a moment when he was leaning on his bike grinning from ear to ear because of the compliments he was recieveing, he was picturesque of James Dean in "Rebel without a cause". Our family loved Mikey ( aka: hot lips) and feel honored to have had him in our lives for such a short time. We missed him, and always will. Our Family knows words really don't help at a time like this, but always, always know he truly loved his Family and not a day went by that he didn't have a story to tell. Our deepest sympathy and Prayers for you all.
The Powers'
4/2/2012 10:51 PM
 
I've known Mike on line many years and finally was able to meet him face to face in June of 2011. It was if we had been fiends for some 20 years or better.. Mike always had the ability to light up the room with any conversation. I've never heard heard him utter a bad word about anyone and I've never heard him be anything but upbeat. This is a tragic loss for friends as well as family.. May you ride in peace Michael as well as rest in peace i the great skies above. We love you and miss you my brother... Tommy Summers www.hondachopper.com
Tommy Summers
4/2/2012 11:18 PM
 
Many people knew Mike far better than I did. I never got the privelage to meet him in person but traded many messages on HC.com and facebook. His life was an inspiration to me. As said by many on the site, the measure of Mikes character can be seen in all of the stories and pictures and kind words left by those who knew and loved him. He touched so many and will continue to do so. Many condolences to his family in this time of grief. Thank you for the influence you had on me Mike, you live on and will never be forgotten.
Clint Ward
4/2/2012 11:33 PM
 
I have known Mike for years on the HC.com site, he was one heck of a guy, quick whit and always eager to help. Even thought we both lived in Washington on opposite ends of the state we finally met by accident in 2010. He is one of the people I'll never forget and I can only imagine how great his family's loss is. He will be missed by many and has touched more lives than people twice his age.
Rick Smith
4/2/2012 11:45 PM
 
I was very saddened to hear that I lost a friend and a riding buddy this past weekend. One thing about my friend Mike is that he lived life on his own terms. He's had more adventures and experiences in his 39 years, than many people do in their entire lifetime. I never saw him treat anyone other than as a friend. He could talk to anyone, and didn't know a stranger...and he liked to talk, as well he should, he had a lot to talk about. He was a very interesting cat that lived life to its fullest and had many adventures and experiences that are unknown territory to most folks. I know you will be missed by many people you left behind Mike. Rest gently my friend. My sincerest condolences, Barry Land
Barry "landman" Land
4/3/2012 12:14 AM
 
There are very few people that you meet and then know from that day forward you will be "Brothers" for life. From the moment I met Mike, I new we would be more then friends. He was an amazing person. He was my friend, my brother, and a part of my family....(North West Crew) Original Member....Rest in peace and Ride with God.
Scot Baughman "750Sergeant"
4/3/2012 12:42 AM
 
Our familys thoughts and Prayers, God bless.
Chopperick
4/3/2012 1:31 AM
 
I met Mike for the first time in 2011 at the Riders Roost camp ground, He was a man among men, I feel honored to have got to know him. He will be missed by all . RIDE FREE MY BROTHER
Eric "VIKING" Burlingham
4/3/2012 5:49 AM
 
Rest in peace mike . . We will all miss you so much and that beautiful smile:-) . . The song from Daughtrey says it all (good to soon)
Marcia reed
4/3/2012 6:13 AM
 
Once in a lifetime you meet someone who has great passion, pursues his dreams, and lives life to it's fullest. Mike was one of these people. The brightest light in a crowd. I am grateful to have met him. His stories and adventures allowed me to relive some of my youth. A kindred spirit with a love for nature. He truly embodied the words "biker" and "brother". May he ride free forever with a cool breeze in his face and no longer bear the burden of life's worries. He will be missed and never forgotten.
Neal "Houndog750" Keyser
4/3/2012 7:10 AM
 
I met Mike when he was my neighbor across the street from me in Milford back in 1996? He immediately welcomed us with his beautiful smile, and was such a cool guy. Very respectful and never missed a chance to do something. He did live his life to the fullest. Thank God he did since he left us all too soon. I give his family and other friends my deepest condolences. Mike, now you can rest your head in peace each day, and travel where you want without any worries. We will miss your smile and tender heart!!
Lorie Just
4/3/2012 7:33 AM
 
our prayers are with you .
alan "cooter" skardal
4/3/2012 7:44 AM
 
Mike and I met in the mountains of N.C. He's one of them guys that you know you like right away. His personality was infectious. His wit was sharper than an Andersen Forge blade. And his knowledge of all things outdoors was simply amazing. A very gifted young man that I was proud to call a friend. Weep not for I know in my heart that Mike will be loved in Heaven as much as he was loved here. Ride the wind my Brother and we will surely see you on the other side. You left us too soon but you will not be forgotten. May God Bless you my Brother.
rake
4/3/2012 8:02 AM
 
Mike was always a great guy to be around, he always had great stories and was always kind and helpful to others, I put a few miles on with him and knew him only for a short time, but felt I knew him a lifetime, he was just that kind of guy, he will surely be missed by all that knew him, His adventures and stories will live on in all of us!
Ryan Keusch R7
4/3/2012 8:25 AM
 
I had the pleasure to meet Mike in Ferguson NC in 2011. He amazed me with his creativeness in all he did. His stories blew my mind and I only wish I could do a fraction of the things he did in his short life here. He will be missed in heart and soul but always rememberd . The afterlife folks are going to have a hard time keeping up with this guy. R.I.P. Mike. See you on the flip side. Charles Lloyd (Motorcycle Charlie)
Charles Lloyd
4/3/2012 8:35 AM
 
I have known Mike from Thechopperunderground.com for several years now. I first finally met Mike in person about 2 years ago at Landman's place in Mahomet. This was during Mike's cross country journey on his rigid Honda Chopper. Mike was an interesting man and enjoyed listening to his stories. He had become part of our little society in central IL commonly known as The Flatlanders RC. Was looking forward to getting more riding in with Naugethey this summer as well. May you Rest In Peace brother and enjoy riding free on the long road. Someday we will meet again and there will be no worries as we twist the throttles. Me and my families prayers and thoughts are with your family in the time of need. If any of you family read this and need something please do not hesitiate to contact me through www.thechopperunderground.com. Many of brothers and sisters there that would be more than honored to give you a hand. My wholehearted condolences, Chris Robertson
Chris "car99r" Robertson
4/3/2012 8:49 AM
 
I'm gonna miss you, Mike. So glad we got the chance to meet and Hang out, even Ride together. RIP.
Ron Foust
4/3/2012 9:13 AM
 
I am like a lot of people here.I met Mike in 2011 in N.C and I felt like he and I had been friends for years.Always a big smile and a kind word.I got to ride a few miles with him and was looking to get a few more and I will but just at a later date and on better roads.streets of gold.Show the angels how to ride Mike.My heartfelt condolences to his family .God bless you Mike.R.I.P brother
David (bull8) Mitchell
4/3/2012 9:21 AM
 
Although I did not know him well, I will always remember Mike with a smile on his face and living life to the fullest. Although I will be out of town during his visitation, my thoughts and prayers will be with you and your famiy during this difficult time. You have my deepest sympathy.
Penny Cheever
4/3/2012 10:20 AM
 
I first met Mike when he was in the 2nd grade and I was a sophmore student helper. He made quite an impression even at that young age. He was naturally a very caring, helpful, understanding little guy! I then got reaquainted with him when he was in high school with my step daughter and he was at our house alot. He was respectful, friendly and a very talented young man. We ran into Mike on occassion here and there and he always had a story or 2 to share with us. We are going to miss him. Our hearts go out to you Jackie and Dan, and the rest of his family. We are keeping you all in our prayers.
Kathy Williams
4/3/2012 10:44 AM
 
I met him a couple months ago when he gave me two motors to put together to make my bike run. We ate at this pub and ate some giant sandwiches and he and I shared stories and had a good time. The spirit in that man was so great. Its hard to stomach he is gone now and were left without him. such a kind spirit that has touched us all. I know his Mom and Dad did a great job raising him because he was a fantastic man. and I am glad to have met him and be able to call him my friend Lord please watch over our extended families as we and they go through this rough time and help us to get through it because none of us can understand why this had to happen to such a great angel you sent us Amen
Paul Stockton
4/3/2012 11:28 AM
 
Mike texted me every day ...encouraging me during/after my back injury when I couldn't walk. Always looking to the future when I could eventually hike with him. ...looking forward to his visit in May, when we would go hiking in Southern Illinois in the Shawnee National Forest. I am hiking and running again thanks in part to his inspirational words and kindness. I will never forget his thoughtfulness in my time of need. What an incredible spirit! I will carry his spirit with mine always. My thoughts and sincerest sympathy go out to his family. Find the River, -JC Dart (Jenny Dart)
JC Dart
4/3/2012 11:42 AM
 
Mike was the kind of guy that could make you want to do something without even realizing it was happening. The first time I went rock climbing was with Mike. The first time I got on a bike with someone other than my dad was with Mike. :) He would talk about his trips to Canada and make it sound so great. His attitude was infectious and he made me want to do new things. I love to live life a little on the the edge. I think it's because of him in part. He was a great friend. I will miss his adventurous stories, his laugh, but I'll also miss that quiet, content side of him. Mike was loved by so many because there were so many sides to him. My condolences to his family and his many friends. RIP Mike
Richelle King
4/3/2012 11:44 AM
 
Like many of others I never got the chance to meet Mike , but we had spoke many of time and yes he did make me feel like we had been friends for many of year.Mike was a very talented and unique man in fact I have a bad a-- engraving on my bike of a Bulldog which Mike did for me a couple of years ago and yes everyone loves it.I just wanted to say I how much admired the way Mike looked at life and most of all the way he lived it he will deeply missed . I would like to send my condolences to Mike's family and friends R.I.P my brother.
mike(ss minno) young
4/3/2012 11:52 AM
 
I, like many here, met Mike through our shared loved of motorcycles. The bible says it best: "A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter; he who finds one finds a treasure." - Sirach 6:14 Mike will always be a treasure for many of us... My condolences.
Vince (Vince08859) Zarcaro
4/3/2012 12:06 PM
 
I met Mike when he was living in Washington. I've never met anyone like him, who could make friends in an instant - he knew everyone! He welcomed me into his life after a chance meeting over motorcycle parts he was selling, and became such a source of support, kindness and information. We shared a love of SOHC Hondas, and he amazed me with his willingness to share his knowledge. He always made me laugh, and he always had kind words when I would mark the anniversary of the-love-of-my -life's passing in July of each year. Now I am incredibly saddened to know that I will be marking this anniversary every April 1st. I am doing my best to not be overwhelmed by my grief, trying to remember all the funny stuff he used to text me, how he could light up a room with that infectious smile. To his family and friends, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that he was loved by many, and will never be forgotten. Ride on Mike, I will think of you everytime I get on a motorcycle. With respect and love....
Jannifer DiBucci
4/3/2012 12:18 PM
 
Mike was truly the epitome of a biker. Its funny, as I'm writing this I cant help but sing in my head "Like a true natures child, he was born to be wild" Man does that fit him or what. You will be greatly missed my friend, R.I.P
Matt "Fuzzy94" Taylor
4/3/2012 12:20 PM
 
Having gone to high school and hanging out with Mike at that time I knew he would go far in life. He was naturally well liked by everyone. After high school we didn't get to keep in touch often but always remember him and his friends skateboarding all the time. He was someone to look up to with all his adventures he had in life always gave him great stories to tell. He called himself a nerd one day when we were talking and I had to laugh. He was very smart but never classified as a "nerd" to me. He was just an awesome person all around. He will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him. My condolences to his family and friends. R.I.P. Mike
Bobbie Smith
4/3/2012 12:21 PM
 
To Mike's family you are in my thoughts and prayers! Mike you will be forever missed in everyone you ever spoke to or spent time with you where very much loved by so many! RIP Mike you will forever be in our hearts.
Lorisa Hoover
4/3/2012 12:28 PM
 
I had the honor of meeting Mike for the first time last June in NC. He was the type of man that just lit up the room with his presence. He had experiences in his short life that many of us OLDER bikers only wish we could do. He lived his life his way and had many stories to tell. Ride free now with the angels and everytime we get a chance to ride, you'll be in the wind right there next to us. RIP BROTHER!!! A person is not remembered by the footsteps you leave behind but by the impressions you leave on someones heart and soul!!
Chuck Lankford (Xnavylfr/HC.com)
4/3/2012 12:57 PM
 
I knew mike from school he would come over to our house to hang with pablo he would always have a smile and treated people with respect and kindness, even thouqh I wasent as populare in school he wouldn't for size and culture, he was a good person, he was every girl dream guy.he would make everybody feel special and treated them they same. I wish I go to his funereal but my prayers go to him n his family
ana cortez
4/3/2012 1:18 PM
 
I met Mike in 2009 thru a mutual friend, Paulette Adams. She talked about him often with true admiration. Paulette fondly referred to him as "Model Mike". The first time I saw him walk in to Stewarts Bar in Snohomish, WA there was no doubt that he was a genuine nice guy. Everbody liked him. We rode together a few times and people always gathered around. He loved to talk about his bikes, his life & his adventures. But he always took the time to listen and show compassion & interest in what others had to say. Mike will be missed by many. RIP Model MIke.... ride with God! And to his family go my prayers and thanks for raising such a wonderful man.
Kimberly Lind
4/3/2012 1:41 PM
 
Mr and Mrs Worthey, I am so very very sorry for your loss. Mike was always willing to go the extra mile to make everyone laugh, smile or wipe a tear from your face! He was an unselfish gentle soul who is forever free to watch over all of you and us! May God give you strength and peace at this very horrible time!
Sarah Grosvenor-Ridder
4/3/2012 1:45 PM
 
I am very sorry for you loss. I am honored to have met him and road with him.He had that thing that we all wish we had,that spark for life that he lived his way. This earth has loused a great guy and a friend to us all. From all of use here at HOMDACHOPPER.COM he will ever be forgotten.
CHUCK DV
4/3/2012 2:29 PM
 
I first met Mike in High school the last nine week of our senior year. He had heard i was skating and biking. He suggested that we hang out one weekend at the bank parking lot in town. He treated me like everyone else not the new kid. After i moved off we lost contact for many years. Two years ago we found each other on facebook. It was like we never lost contact. Over the last two years he has inspired me to get out and do things i haven't done in years. I thank him greatly for that. I know in my heart he was doing somthing he loved in life. May your spirit roam forever. You will be missed and remember by everybody.
Troy Decker
4/3/2012 3:38 PM
 
I am very sorry for your loss never had the honor of meeting him face to face but he was always there to help anyone who needed to ask a question and was always there to lend kind words and encouragement to all he was great guy
Joshua "wizard41681" Carter
4/3/2012 3:39 PM
 
I'm honored that I got to know Mike and ride with him he is missed and we will never foget him. Prayers to all he Loved . TROLL & FLOWER hondachopper.com
Troll
4/3/2012 3:58 PM
 
I never met Mike, he worked for my husband's company Proline Systems, Inc. in Kirkland, WA. I felt like I knew him through my husband, Dale Stembridge. My husband always talked about Mike in such a positive way. When Mike left Proline to pursue other things, he was truely missed. Mike would keep in touch with my husband by sending him text messages, or calling him, or sending pictures on the phone. I feel like I knew him through my husband, I can actually feel the greif of his loss. He was so handsome and kind I heard and lived life his way and on his terms. I guess God needed him in heaven. My husband Dale Stembridge and I send our heartfelt thoughts and prayer's for you and your family. RIP Mike, he is riding in the sky now!!!
Dee Devine
4/3/2012 4:19 PM
 
No words can describe how much mike meant to all of us at hondachopper.com, nor can we possibley express in words, how greatly he will be missed!!..he is, and will ALWAYS be a legend in my eyes, and countless others..I only wish I had the ambition, and courage to live life to the fullest as mike did...rest in peace mike..we`ll NEVER forget you!!!!!!!!!!
AL PARISH/74rat
4/3/2012 5:03 PM
 
I will keep the arrowhead necklace Mike made for me when he was my student and continue to think of Mike.
Anne G. Scharf
4/3/2012 5:35 PM
 
I didn't know Mike all that well, only is passing at the bar in Watseka. We had mutual friends, but whenever Mike was out he was always quick to smile and say hi and ask how you were. Never made you feel that you were not good enough to talk to, and never to good to be the first to speak. He was a truly good person, with a truly good soul. I pray his family can find peace in his passing, although many questions will remain, i hope that in their hearts they know Mike is in heaven riding with the wind, and watching over his loved ones. RIP Mike you will be missed
Shanna
4/3/2012 6:11 PM
 
I only knew Mike from various motorcycle on-line forums. I enjoyed talking to him and we had common interests in motorcycles, the Army and Natvie American Culture. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. He will truly be missed by all who have had the pleasure of knowing him. When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice-Cherokee
J.H. "Hank" Johnson
4/3/2012 6:14 PM
 
Although I have never met him in person, he and his work were inspirational on hondachopper. He was kind to everyone. He will be missed, a tragic loss. Ride In Peace brother.
Ed (74crew) Crew
4/3/2012 6:17 PM
 
Never met mike in person, but after all the on line stories, it's all most like I have known him my whole live ,,,I will miss you mike,, have a good hunt
terry (oldmanhonda) totch
4/3/2012 6:31 PM
 
I've only known Mike online , through motorcycles . I have admired his work , and his 110 percent way of living for quite awhile now . I am truly sorry we never met in person . Run , and ride free , little Brother . Kenny
Snuffymanson ( Ken Burbank )
4/3/2012 6:45 PM
 
I think I speak for all the knuckleheads that were planning on spending riding time with Mike this Summer in the Midwest when I say we'll all be a little lost. Passing you up with the camera running. Stories around the old fire.Knocking back some adult beverages .Getting to make new friends in person.Mike was there as our motorsickle kind of diplomat. You knew Mike from HC and Mike knew that other guy. Now You all know each other. A pleasure to know you.
Drummer
4/3/2012 7:14 PM
 
You blessed every life you touched. A real biker, a true brother, there was only one worthy. Ride on brother! Every time choppaheadz gather, we will know your smile'n.
scraphous
4/3/2012 7:24 PM
 
I first met Mike when I went to Watseka High my senior yr. All the kids there made me feel as if I had known them forever. Mike and I got close because he lived right across the street from us. I got my year book out and look at what he had written and apparently I gave him alot of rides home from school that yr. I moved away got married and had 2 kids. When we came home to visit right after my first baby was born, Mike came over to see us and the baby. I then about 2 yrs ago found Mike on facebook. It was so good to catch up again. We live in Tn and he said the next time he went to Gatlinburg he would let me know. Unfortunately that day never came. I love you Mike you were like a brother to me. You will be missed! My condolences to your family and those who were real close to you. You are all in our thoughts and prayers! God bless you and be with you through this very difficult time. Sincerely, Dawn Williams Kidwell
Dawn Williams Kidwell
4/3/2012 7:49 PM
 
I knew Michael very well, as we quickly befriended years ago and became a couple back in 2005. Michael expressed so many dreams he wanted to fulfill before leaving this life behind, and although I was saddened to think of letting him go... I encouraged him to ride free. Michael (as I rarely ever called him Mike), asked what I thought about his desire to adventure off & explore the wilderness of WA. I told him our friendship was solid & our dreams will never be fulfilled if we don't go after them. I chose to end my relationship with him & helped him plan his trip to WA., where is best friend Eryka lives. I was broken hearted for a very long time, but proud that he finally took a leap of faith (within himself) and followed through with an adventure he truly was scared to experience. I talked to him every other day for months and then weekly up until my now currently relationship (married). However, we've never lost touch & have always made a point to make sure we both were doing well. I was happy when he and my husband befriended online. Sadly, they never had the chance to meet (they were going to this coming fall... if not sooner). Michael talked to me often about his passions; he loved exploring the grassy lands and moving between the trees & catching his meals throughout various bodies of water. He was a brave young man, and had much ambition and drive to continue learning and teaching others how to survive in the open fields. Not only did he build motorcycles from scratch; but loved making his own weapons, medications and foods from plants and of course, canoes. Michael also loved writing and enjoyed looking up various poems, lyrics and quotes. He truly had a heart of gold and will forever be remembered, loved & cherished by many around the world. I know the one thing that Michael lived with since leaving home and heading to WA, was guilt. He carried so much guilt for leaving his family; espeically, his nieces. He was torn between wanting to come home to his family, and continuing his adventures. He constantly told me how much he missed his family... and he's say. I wonder what my nieces are doing right now... or what we'd be doing if I were there. I wonder what my parents think about me being gone. He worried about his dads health and his mom missing him. He told me he wished he had more money so that he could take more frequent trips to be with those who loved him most... his family. The times that he struggled while in WA, he'd call me and ask me why he even left to begin with. All I could say was... you had a dream & I was strong enough to let you go to fulfill them freely. At times, he told me I should have made him stay; that way, he wouldn't have to worry nearly as much about what was happening or not happening back home. He may have been a free-spirit and enjoyed traveling states & countries at a time... but he never let go of his regret of leaving his family to fulfill something he said he could do just miles away. There is so much about Michael that people don't know or possibly even realize... and there's a book inside myself that I could write about the life he shared with me. He *My Sweet Michael* was a blessing in my life... and now to see how many lives he's touched outside of the only world I knew with and of him... is astounding. I love seeing all the comments and compliments given to and about him. Michael didn't have a mean, misleading bone in his body. He was everything he said to be... and so much more. He was someone you could count on, confide in, trust, love, appreciate & simply respect. I could go on forever here... I'll end with keeping you all and most certainly his family in my Prayers. Ride Free Michael.. my adored angel. I will miss you terribly & love you as always!! ~Teresa
Teresa Fee
4/3/2012 8:02 PM
 
I like many others met Mike at the Roost in 2011. His smile and great personality made me feel like we had been brothers for a great long while. I was looking forward to reconnecting this June. We talked of faith, hopes, dreams and unfortunately some disappointments too. We parted with him riding out looking forward to new adventures and being closer to family. Our good friend Tumpy said it best "We all die... but few truly live! Mike lived like no other." fitting words to sum up a life that was too short. Ride on Brother, looking for the next crest in the road, I'll catch up one day. Big Port Jimmy 6 Rev. Jay Pruitt
Reverend Jay Pruitt
4/3/2012 8:20 PM
 
still holding your heart here in Canada...trying desperately to find a way to be there to say goodbye in the hometown you always wanted to show me. I will love you for a thousand years more and even more. love tara.
Tara
4/3/2012 8:47 PM
 
i had the pleasure of spending the weekend with mike at last yrs world honda chopper meet , he was a great guy and a real blast to be around . he loved the wind as we all do and i will miss his being there at this yrs get together . ride free brother , you will be missed . god bless
bikerdave65
4/3/2012 8:50 PM
 
Dan, Jackie & family, We are so sorry for your loss, our hearts are broken for you. In our thoughts and prayers!
David & Leatha Romine
4/3/2012 9:16 PM
 
Mike texted me every day ...encouraging me during/after my back injury when I couldn't walk. Always looking to the future when I could eventually hike with him. ...looking forward to his visit in May, when we would go hiking in Southern Illinois in the Shawnee National Forest. I am hiking and running again thanks in part to his inspirational words and kindness. I will never forget his thoughtfulness in my time of need. What an incredible spirit! I will carry his spirit with mine always. My thoughts and sincerest sympathy go out to his family. Find the River, -JC Dart (Jenny Dart)
JC Dart
4/3/2012 9:26 PM
 
Michael was truly a gift to everyone - I don't think he ever met a stranger...he was so much to so many people...I am so glad I could call him a friend...he was always there for me and my mom and dad whenever we needed him...he truly led a great life full of adventure! I am grateful for the time I had with him when he was with us here on earth and look forward to seeing him again someday so I can have another hug and a smile...he always had so much to give...he was truly a man of riches...of friendship; love; kindness; compassion; a confidant when you needed one; and a shoulder to cry on...I pray for all of you right now during this time of loss and grief...he will always be in my heart and in my memories of great times together...and thank you for giving us such a great son/brother/uncle/cousin/grandson. all of our lives have been enriched...I will see you on the other side, my friend
Gina Callahan
4/3/2012 10:15 PM
 
Mr and Mrs Worthey... I want you to know, tho I'm sure you already do...what a wonderful man your son was, friend to everyone, always a smile on his face. He had a way of making you feel like you had his full attention when he talked to you, interested in what you said, gave his opinions with love, never negativity. I hung around with him for a time when we were in our twenties, mostly driving together with Heather to visit Carrie in college. We always had a lot of fun driving there and back in my tiny little car. I will always remember him young and crazy and full of life. He had a beautiful soul and will be greatly missed...what a wonderful job you did with him...he was one of a kind!! I will pray for your comfort in the coming months, tho I know that he is in a better place, with the God he loved, we all wish he was here instead...I can't imagine what you're going thru, I am truly sorry for your loss...
Tracy
4/3/2012 10:56 PM
 
I met Mike for the first time last year. We talked quite a while about living off the land while traveling. I had done it 30 years ago & he was doing it RIGHT NOW. I haven't met many Americans who could pare down everything to the essentials and live with enthusiasm and grace. I am very sorry that he's gone. But it is obvious what a special person he was, and how many lives he positively impacted.
Greg L.
4/3/2012 11:00 PM
 
i met mike 2007 or 8 at oyster run.in wash... rode two trips to calf...no matter what was happen ....mike was in the mix of things...trying to make sure we was all having a good time... i remeber him looking at my bike as i was checking his out... him saying no else was running the same gears as him....they said it cant be done.... he was the 1st to call me after my crash... and called again few days... later two check....the great nw.....will always hold him close....to his family ....thank you for shareing....peace be with you
steve donaldson stev_chopper
4/3/2012 11:57 PM
 
mike wasnt here long but while he was here he touched many hearts. i have never met anyone like mike. he lived each day to the fullest. excitement, joy, and energy exuded him in everything he said and did. that also makes him one of the most interesting people i have met as well. i enjoyed listening to him tell his stories of travel, canoeing, hiking, biking, and wrenching. he relived each trip when he told his stories of them. he also looked out for others and their needs before his own. he has shared and helped many on his trips and journeys. mike was a genuine person. the absolute product of a loving family. and he did love his family. he told me two years before he left western washington that he was going to head back east to see his family. that was goal number one. he stopped by my home a couple months ago with our buddy casey, and he was so excited to tell me about his planned canoe trip in the canadian wilderness. he already had most of his cameral and elec equipt and was itching to get a new canoe built for the trip. he planned on writing a book on wilderness survival and making a film documentary of his two week trip in the wilderness. i am sorry that we wont be able to see that film but i imagine him in his canoe and filming his adventure just as if i were watching it on the big screen. he also told me how happy he was to be back at home with family. about his camping and bike trips with his dad. he had made a reconnection with his parents and loved ones back east. i wish my words could bring comfort to your loss but as a parent i know that words are just words. i will add that mike is the son that all parents would be proud of. just the sound of his honda chopper along with james and caseys pulling into my shop parking lot used to lighten my day and i was always glad to see and talk with him. so much talent, love, excitement in one person but so little time. if i live to be 100 i will surely never know the adventures, and real living, fun and wonder that mike held. i look at each day now with thought to living a more purposeful life.. we still have the memories, they will always be there. peace.
marvin delack aka Joe Wiseguy
4/4/2012 2:05 AM
 
No words can express the way I felt when I heard the news of Mike. Not only did I loose a friend, I lost a brother. I thank God for the time he gave me with Mike. Love always brother. And love always to your family... tumpythebiker Hondachopper
Tumpy Lewis
4/4/2012 2:28 AM
 
I met Mike online several years ago and was lucky enough to meet in person once. He was a sweet man. Always ready to talk if I needed anything, from a life lesson to a tip on home repair. I'm happy I was able to hear the sound of his voice through the telephone recentley. I will miss his adeventurous pics & vides and the random songs he would send to me knowing the particular style of music I liked he was always quick to share a new one. Such a nice guy. He will be missed.
Janine Petrovic
4/4/2012 9:51 AM
 
Mike was such an awesome guy that loved life. He was kind to everyone. I just had a nice chat with him about Canada on fb a few weeks ago. I would be at his visitation and service if I wasn't out of town. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Sue Cross
4/4/2012 11:30 AM
 
So very sorry for your loss, what a wonderful young man he was. Our Son, Bill, skateboarded with Mike and he now lives in Florida, he felt very bad to hear of Mike's passing. May he be safe in the Lord's hands and God Bless your whole family, The Welsh Family
Jim and Joanne Welsh
4/4/2012 12:27 PM
 
I MET MIKE THROUGH JOHN EDDE LAST YEAR. HE WAS AN AWESOME GUY. WE SPENT A WEEK TOGETHER WHILE THEY INSTALLED FENDERS ON MY PETERBILT. AFTER THAT...THE THREE OF US WERE LIKE FAMILY. WHEN THERE WAS AN ISSUE WITH ONE MEMBERS FENDERS, MIKE JUMPED ON THE CHOPPER AND ROAD FROM KY TO CHICAGO TO FIX IT. HE WAS JUST THAT WAY. WE CONSIDERED MIKE PART OF THE CHI-TOWN LARGE CARS FAMILY. HE WAS PROUD OF IT TOO. HE TOOK ONE OF OUR CLUB STICKERS AND PUT IT ON THE TANK OF HIS CHOPPER. I'M GLAD HE DID, BECAUSE WHEN HE LEFT, HE TOOK A PIECE OF OUR HEARTS WITH HIM. THE LAST TIME I SAW MIKE WAS AT THE HUNNERT CAR PILE UP. HE COME UP TO ME, SHOOK MY HAND N HUGGED ME. HE INTRODUCED ME TO HIS DAD AND WE TALKED FOR A BIT. MIKE WAS, LIKE MYSELF , WAS A GYPSY SOUL, SHACKLED ONLY BY FREEDOM. ITS THE REASON WE GOT ALONG SO WELL. WE HAD RESPECT FOR THE IMPORTANT THINGS IN LIFE, LIKE SLEEPING UNDER A STAR FILLED SKY. MIKE WAS AN AWESOME GUY AND HE WILL REALY BE MISSED BY ME AND ALL THE MEMBERS OF CHI-TOWN LARGE CARS FAMILY...ALL I CAN SAY IS...RIDE FREE MY BROTHER, AND NEXT TIME IM STROLLIN ACROSS THIS COUNTRY WITH THE WINDOWS DOWN RUNNING 80 UNDER A STAR FILLED SKY...ILL BE CHECKING DEUCES TO YA...MISS YA BUDDY..-KUT
HALFKUT/CHI-TOWN LARGE CARS
4/4/2012 12:27 PM
 
I knew Mike thruout High School and from being best friends with his cousin. He sat infront of me in one of my classes and he always made me laugh and smile. I saw him again about 9 years ago after I had moved to Kentucky. He was at a resturant that I worked at. He remembered me and we were able to talk for a little bit. God Bless and my thoughts and prayers are with the Worthey family.
Tracy Page McDonald
4/4/2012 5:16 PM
 
Hondachopper.com brought Mike and I together but he became so much more than a riding buddy. We were both too free spirited to bind ourselves together but a bond would form none the less. Mike would become one of my closest and dearest friends. Whether it was bike trouble, boy trouble or any kinda trouble at all Mike was always there for me. He was a true friend. We shared the love of motorcycles, nature and what seemed an unconditional love for each other. He will live on in my heart and while my adventures on this earth continue his spirit will be at my side.
Jen Keller
4/4/2012 7:46 PM
 
i MET MIKE YEARS AGO....YEARS AGO IT SEEMS AS WE GOT OLDER. i FELL MADLY IN LOVE WITH HIM RIGHT OFF THE BAT, WHICH WITH MICHAEL WASN'T HARD TO DO....HE HAD A WAY ABOUT HIM THAT MADE EVERYTHING HE DID SEEM LIKE SOMETHING YOU NEEDED TO DO. EVERYTHING HE DID HE PUT HIS HEART INTO. EVEN WHEN WE ARGUED HE WAS USUALLY RIGHT. THREE YEARS AGO MIKE ASKED ME WHAT I WAS STILL DOING IN A RUN DOWN BAR IN RANKIN AND THAT I NEEDED TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT WITH MY LIFE. I SINGED UP FOR COLLEGE 3 DAYS LATER. HE WAS AGAIN RIGHT. I REMEMBER TWO WEEKS AGO SITTING IN STEAK AND SHAKE EATING LUNCH WITH HIM AND I WAS COMPLAINING ABOUT SOME MAN RELATED PROBLEM AND MICHAEL LOOKED AT ME AND GRABBED MY HAND AND SAID, "YOU ALWAYS WANT WHAT IS UNATTAINABE, WHY DON'T YOU JUST BE HAPPY WITH WHAT YOU HAVE." AND HE WAS RIGHT AGAIN. HE ALWAYS HAD A GIFT FOR TELLING ME WHAT I NEEDED TO HEAR RIGHT WHEN I NEEDED TO HEAR IT. WE SPENT THE REST OF THE DAY GOING TO PAWN SHOPS AND ANTIQUE STORES LOOKING FOR ITEMS THAT HE NEEDED FOR HIS UPCOMING TRIP TO CANADA. WE WERE AT THIS PAWN SHOP AND MICHAEL SAW A CAMERA THAT HE WANTED AND IT WAS $80 AND I STOOD THERE AND WATCH MIKE WORK ON THIS POOR MAN SAYING THAT A NEW ONE WAS $120. iN THE END MICHAEL PAID EXACTLY WHAT HE WANTED FOR THAT CAMERA AND I LAUGHED ALL THE WAY TO THE CAR. LOOKING BACK IT WASN'T JUST AN ORDINARY DAY....IT WAS ONE OF OUR LAST DAYS... WE HAVE KEPT A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP ALL THESE YEARS AND I KNOW THAT I WILL DEARLY MISS A PERSON THAT I HAVE COME TO DEPEND ON FOR ADVICE, COUNCIL, FRIENDSHIP AND MUCH MORE. TO BE HONEST I HAVE FOUND IT EXTREMELY DIFFICULT NOT TO PICK UP THE PHONE EVERYDAY AND SEND A QUICK TEXT OR CALL HIM...I KNOW WITH TIME IT WILL GET EASIER, BUT THERE WILL ALWAYS BE A PLACE IN NOT ONLY MY MIND BUT MY HEART FOR MICHAEL. THERE ARE JUST SOME PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD THAT CAN'T BE REPLACED AND HE IS ONE OF THEM. I KNOW THAT SOME DAY WHEN I GET TO HEAVEN HE WILL BE STANDING THERE SAYING WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL...BUT UNTIL THEN I DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO WITHOUT HIM THERE FOR ME AND I DON'T REALLY UNDERSTAND. GOD MUST NEED A CANOE OR A REALLY GOOD FRIEND....DAN JACKIE DAWN DEBBIE AND FAMILY I AM SO SORRY FOR LOSING SUCH A GREAT MAN....JUST REMEMBER HE'S FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS AND WITH HIM IS OUR LOVE... AMY MCCULLOUGH HOFBAUER THERE WAS A GREAT POEM THAT WE SHARED FROM ROBERT FROST THE ROAD NOT TAKEN READ IT, IT WILL REMIND YOU OF YOUR SON...IT WAS HIS FAVORITE. I DIDN'T DO HIM JUSTICE, BUT I LOVED HIM ONCE AND I LOVE HIM STILL.
AMY MCCULLOUGH HOFBAUER
4/4/2012 10:45 PM
 
Many years ago (22 yrs or so) when I was 11 we were at a Watseka HealthCare employee picnic at Haun Park near Camp Wahanaha. It was a day that Mike saved my life. His father and my mother (Tammy King) worked together there for probably 20 years. A bunch of us kids went to the nearby trails and went down to the creek. We walked across some rocks that formed a small waterfall/dam. I slipped on the rocks andwent into the creek. I was sucked under by an undercurrent. I felt scared and thought I was going to die. I lifted my arm as high as I could hoping someone could see it. That's when Mike jumped in and pulled me up out of the water and swam me to shore. He then walked me up to the picnic area to my mom/dad. I would have died that day if it weren't for Mike. I know my mom/dad were/are so thankful for you being there and being brave to save me.
Dan Gonder
4/4/2012 11:13 PM
 
I am a husband/father/EMT now and try to be just as brave everyday as you were then. Dan/Jackie, I am truly thankful for your son saving me and I know this is only one reason he gave you to be proud. My condolences to all his family as well. RIP Mike. I owe my life to you and I know good things come to good people.
Dan Gonder
4/4/2012 11:16 PM
 
It's taken me days to adjust to Mike's death and for once, the words do not come quite so easy. What can we say to comfort all the aching hearts of his family that will do justice? I do not know other than I'm so sorry for the sudden loss of a life so full of well, life. Mike was a big dreamer and sometimes we used to poke fun at him about all his ideas and things he planned to do, but in the end, look at all he did! And look at all the lives he touched doing the things he loved! I have so many memories of Mike. All fond ones; even the bickering we did like brother and sister in HS, in our jobs and in our old apartment in Sheldon. I took Mike for granted. I took for granted that he would always be around. I assumed the next time I was down at Jim and Carrie's place, he'd pop by on his bike and we'd have a laugh. I miss him terribly. Dan, Jackie and the rest of Mike's loving family: I hope that you can find comfort and consolation through this difficult time and that Our Lord will be your rock which you can lean upon during the hard times. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
Heather Godbold-Weber
4/4/2012 11:28 PM
 
I first met Mike at the 2009 Oyster Run in the Seattle area. He was a lot of fun to get to know and I enjoyed his knowledge of the land and how to take film and pictures and turn them into movies. His enthusiasm for life has been a blessing to me over the years. My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones and family.
Bonnie R. (hottea)
4/5/2012 5:22 AM
 
Dan and Jackie, Reading all of the wonderful comments and memories about Mike's character is such a tribute to the influence that you had on your son. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you struggle to deal with your loss and we love both of you.
Rick & Judy Ziebart
4/5/2012 8:04 AM
 
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Worthey, I am so sorry for your loss. I attended school with Mike since kindergarten. He was always such a friendly and happy person. My thoughts and prayers are with you and with Mike. He will be missed terribly!
Jennifer Nagle Lehmann
4/5/2012 10:20 AM
 
Mr. and Mrs. Worthy, I am so sorry for your loss. I was shocked to hear what had happened and crushed at the same time. There are no word to explain how you are feeling and no words to make it better, but I will pray for you and your family. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers always!
Marci Lowe
4/5/2012 10:44 AM
 
Jackie and family: Mom and Linda told me of your tragic loss. In reading some of the comments here, it is obvious that your son touched many lives and has a truly caring and generous soul. Your loss is shared by so many. May this sharing along with the beautiful memories you have serve as a guiding light to help you through the tunnel of grief. Please know that my thoughts and prayers and most heartfelt condolences are with you and your family. God bless and keep you and comfort you in this most difficult time.
Debbie Brown Landry
4/5/2012 12:39 PM
 
Sending prayes to all of you during this diffucult time
Margaret Riston
4/5/2012 12:50 PM
 
I didn't get the opportunity to meet Mike, but I wish I had. He seemed like a great guy full of life, who would help anyone! Rest In Peace Mike. You will be missed by all. May God help all the family and friends of Mike make it through this difficult time. God Bless All!
JS
4/5/2012 2:09 PM
 
Dear Dan and Jackie our sincerest condolence on the loss of your son. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. We can see he touched many lives during his short time on this earth. Barry & Diana Breymeyer
Barry Breymeyer
4/5/2012 2:24 PM
 
Dear Dan and Jackie, We are so sorry of your lost.You have our deepest sympathy.
Jim&Patty Bennett
4/5/2012 4:37 PM
 
MY FAMILY AND I MET MIKE WHEN WE MOVED HERE FROM PARIS IL. HE AND MY BROTHERS HUNG OUT ALL THE TIME SKATBOARDING AND RIDING THEIR BIKES, AND AS WE ALL GREW UP WE GRADUATED AND WENT OUR SEPARATE WAYS WE ALWAYS SEEMED TO PICKUP WHERE WE LEFT OFF WHEN WE MET UP THE NEXT TIME. MIKE HAD A ZEST FOR LIFE AND FRIENDS AND FAMILY . HE TOUCHED SO MANY LIVES ACROSS THE WORLD SOME WE WILL NEVER EVEN KNOW HOW. EVERYONE HE CAME IN CONTACT WITH HAS A DIFFERENT STORY, EVERYONE UNIQUE IN THEIR OWN WAY AND EACH WITH A SPECIAL LIGHT LEFT BY A PERSON THAT WAS PUT THERE IN OUR LIFE FOR A REASON. MIKE THE WORLD LOVES YOU AND WILL NEVER FORGET YOU .RIP AND HEAR OUR WORDS OF LOVE WE SEND TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY . THANK YOU DAN AND JACKIE FOR SHARING YOUR SON WITH THE WORLD.
STACEY CARTER
4/5/2012 7:56 PM
 
I met Mike through the Hondachopper site. I've thoroughly enjoyed his posts,advice and friendship..When I first met him face to face it was like meeting my own brother for a hang out session.Mike was my age and lived how I wanted to live and had the kind of memories I could only wish to share with someone. I know I'm not supposed to covet anyone's life but this Kat had it! Mike I'm so glad that you were in my life for the past few years and look forward to breaking bread with you at the Lord's table. Dan and Jackie,and family God blessed you with a great one.Please accept my deepest condolences.. Leonard Davis aka asphaltwarrior1
Leonard
4/5/2012 8:58 PM
 
Mike was one of a kind. I was able to enjoy Mike's 1st trip to the boundry waters in Canada with Jim Buswell, Gregg Buswell, and myself. It was the 1st time I met Mike and must say he made the trip very rememberable. Many fine toughts of Mike. He always made me smile. My condolences to the family. Dale Roth
Dale Roth
4/6/2012 12:08 PM
 
now you can live totally free and ride with the wind..thanks for always haveing great inspiration in my life...u were the first guy to ever stick up for me when we were kids....always had a way to make me smile..u will be missed greatly and have touched so many lives and in so many ways....it was such a pleasure to have known you...and will always be in my heart...my condolences to all the family...see you one day again...r.i.p. mike susan morefield
susan morefield
4/6/2012 1:41 PM
 
Rest in peace Michael. I will miss your friendship forever. Love Ya!
Paula Matherly
4/6/2012 2:56 PM
 
To the worthey family my condolences for your loss. the loss of a child has to be the worst of all. may God help you find your way thru this tragedy. remember David is there with him,may they ride in peace together forever!!!
Dan Bell
4/6/2012 3:25 PM
 
Mike was a small boy, maybe 5, he would ride his bike as fast as he could on the side walk on Park Ave. He would go just past our house and then bail off because he was too short to reach the brakes. He would throw his back and laugh, pick up his bike and do it again. Fearless Then - Fearless Always. Dan and Jackie and Family we send our most sincere condolences. The Vaughn Family
Coleen O'Hara-Vaughn
4/6/2012 4:46 PM
 
Dan,Jackie,and family, Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. May God bless all of us who knew Michael and his many wonderful talents, and will sadly miss him. REST IN PEACE MICHAEL.
Janet Harwood Focken and family
4/6/2012 11:05 PM
 
Every once in a while life give you the opportunity to meet someone inspiring . I met mike over 20 years ago. He was a fre spirit and had no boundaries . We are put on this earth for a purpose, and mike new his purpose and performed it well. Reading all of these messages I can see he really touched a lot of lives. You will be missed brother ride on.
Jamie holden
4/7/2012 10:46 AM
 
Michael grew up a couple doors down from me and when I think of him its often of Michael the curious little boy that I first think of. Michael would ride up on his bicycle and ask a bunch of questions about any and everything. He was a little sponge! I was 14 yrs older than Mike so we didn't hang out like I did with Danny and Jackie. Michael grew into a fine young man and was always going here and there and I saw less and less of him but I always enjoyed his stories of adventure when he came home. Michael lived two lives in one. He was a free spirit who would have been right at home had he been around in the 60's. Michael was more at home in a sleeping bag in the woods than in a 5 star hotel. A lot of us live life and look back with regrets and wishes and could of, would of, should of's. Many of us lived vicariously through Michael , whose adventures stirred our own imaginations. I'll miss Mike the man and maybe even more so , John Michael, the little neighborhood boy. I love you Mike. Kelley Norton
Kelley Norton
4/7/2012 12:32 PM
 
it has been a long time since i last seen u my freind i will always remember you on every ride i take u will be in my mind wish we could rewind time. YOU WILL BE MISSED........
russ parsons
4/7/2012 12:40 PM
 
it has been a long time since i last seen u my freind i will always remember you on every ride i take u will be in my mind wish we could rewind time. YOU WILL BE MISSED........
russ parsons
4/7/2012 12:40 PM
 
Dan,Jackie and family Nothing can take away the pain of losing ones child no matter how old we feel the pain and loss you feel and we want you to know that you and you family are in our prayers and if you need anything even just an ear to listen always know we are here for you Rest In Peace Michael
Brad & Julie Looker
4/7/2012 1:42 PM
 
I only met Mike a few times, he seemed an impecable man. I knew his father and Mother and my heart goes out for them. His grandmother Worthy used to keep my daughter, so I know he had loving grandparents, because they were the best. Condolances to all the family,love G
Susan Gail (Swope) Brown
4/7/2012 4:29 PM
 
It always hurts when someone leaves us before their time. Especially when its a friend and family member we all loved.Michael was a very genuine person and touched many lives. We will all miss him dearly. Our prayers go out to everyone whos life Mike helped to brighten and are hurting from thegreat loss to us all. R.I.P. Mike we love ya cuz
Timothy worthey
4/8/2012 10:04 PM
 
A life that touches others is a life that will go on forever. The sun is shining a little brighter because God brought another angel home. Sending my deepest sympathy, and payers for the strength to hold on, to a family who has suffered a loss. Like a shooting star, flying across the room ~ So fast, so far ~ You were gone too soon.
Melissa Barnhart
4/9/2012 10:48 AM
 
Dan, Jackie and Family, You are in my thoughts and prayers. Mike is such a wonderful person. When Mike would come into Big R he always came through my line. He always had th biggest smile on his face . Mike had such a big heart on him. Always talking about the love for his family and friends. Mike has touched so many people.
Erica Fisher
4/11/2012 9:51 PM
 
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I was very sad to hear about the accident. Mike was always full of life. He always had a smile on his face and lived life to the fullest. He will be greatly missed by all. So sorry for your loss.
Bobbi McCullough Stichnoth
4/12/2012 10:17 AM
 
My heart goes out to all of you for your loss of Mike. Dawn and Debbie worked with me at K-Mart so many years ago. They called me their K-Mart Mom at that time. So many fun memories such sweet girls. Remember Mike coming into the store always in a good mood and smiling. He always made our day or evening. You have my deepest sympathy, may God and his angels be with you. Carolyn Oster
carolyn oster
4/25/2012 10:44 AM
 
Dan, Jackie and Family, You are in my thoughts and prayers, I will miss Mike, we had fun in being in the Army together. threw the years we would talk about Army or fires I went on, plus camping trips all the out door stuff we did. So sorry for your loss, one thing I am thank full for God, is knowing Mike, he was brother to me. God bless you. From Ed Willy { Crazy Willy }
Ed Willy
1/20/2014 2:54 PM
 

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