Michael Ray Welch, 56, passed away September 27, 2019

Michael Ray Welch, 56, of Stevensville, passed away on Friday, September 27, 2019, at Hanson Hospice Center.

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, at 2pm, at Grand Upton Hall at Lake Michigan College with Mike Gathright officiating. Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday from 12pm until time of service at the hall. Memorial contributions may be made to Hanson Hospice Center or American Brain Tumor Association.

Mike was born on October 8, 1962, to Eugene & Christine (Mildon) Welch in St. Joseph. He graduated from Lakeshore High School in 1981 and continued his education at Michigan State University, Lake Michigan College and received his Bachelors in Industrial Marketing from Western Michigan University. On November 25, 1995, Mike married the love of his life Lisa Coles at St. Paul’s Memorial United Methodist Church in South Bend. Mike co-founded and operated Express-1. Most recently, he was the Vice Chairman of Magnate Worldwide.

Mike had a passion for his community. He served on numerous community boards, including those of Lakeshore Public Schools, Lake Michigan College, Niles-Buchanan YMCA, and Lakeland Hospital. He also had a love for sports and was always found cheering on Michigan State University, University of Michigan, the Detroit Lions and his beloved Lakeshore Lancers. Most of all, Mike’s number one love in life was his family, and his dog, Cabi.

Mike is survived by his wife of 23 years, Lisa Welch of Stevensville; children, Kara and Carter Welch both of Stevensville; father, Eugene Welch of Stevensville; brothers, James (Cindy) Welch of FL, William Welch of St. Joseph, and John (Joy) Welch of Stevensville; and his mother-in-law, Deanna Coles of Niles.

Mike was preceded in death by his mother, Christine Welch. 

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