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Michael (Mike) Kenneth Genzel
date of birth November 10 1954
date of death July 30 2019
Michael (Mike) Kenneth Genzel was the kind of man one couldn’t help but like. Sure, he was friendly and quick with a joke but there was something more profound about him that went deeper. He was kind, forgiving, accepting… a true friend. The kind of guy who would go out of his way to help you and never make you feel obligated.
People naturally liked him, children and young people especially. That is why the last 18 years that he spent driving a school bus for First Student were some of his most fulfilling. He had such an impact in this job that children and parents lined the streets of his route holding “welcome back” signs when he returned to work following an extended illness.
Mike was a committed Christian who knew and loved his Lord and Savior. On July 30, at the too young age of 64, he slipped his earthly bonds and went home to the Lord.
Born in Oregon City on November 10, 1954, Mike was the fifth child of Chole Opal Gatlin and Kenneth (Slim) Genzel. He attended schools in Colton and Oregon City. Mike entered the Army- Airborne Division in 1972 and was honorably discharged in 1975. While in the Army, he was proud to earn his General Equivalency Diploma (GED).
Over the years, Mike worked as a warehouseman, janitor for Hoodview Church of God, ran a landscaping business and retired this year as a school bus driver. He was a member recently of Hoodview Church of God and previously of Canby Evangelical Church.
Mike was also active in sports both as a youth and throughout his life. He coached youth softball and enjoyed playing baseball, softball, basketball, football and golf. He had a life-long love of cars.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents and older siblings, Russell Block and Martha Jane Huggins. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Cheryl Allen Genzel, Canby , OR; his son, Jason Genzel; grandchildren, Michael, Ashley, and Zachary Genzel; great-grandchildren, Skylar O’Brien, Killian Genzel and Isaiah Eyman. Also surviving him are his sister, Mary Lou Castrey of Vancouver, WA and brother, David William Block of Woodland, WA. He is remembered with love by numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, August 13 at Hoodview Church of God, 1530 Mt. Hood Ave, Woodburn. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hoodview Church of God Youth Program.
26 tribute candles have been lit
Candle lit by Staff at Canby-Molalla Funeral Chapel Our sincere condolences.
Candle lit by Arvid Aasen Tell Dad hi for me Uncle Mike
Candle lit by Marcia Will miss you!
Candle lit by Angela KiviAasen You will be missed. Love tou
Candle lit by Ricky Simons He was the last of my childhood heros, my dad, Arvid and cousin Lonnie. Mike was the last and now there all together. I miss them all! Love forever your brother Ricky.
Candle lit by Cheryl My beloved Husband, I miss you with all my heart. I will keep my promise but it won’t be easy. Love you always.
Candle lit by Shawna Belleque (mail lady) Mike would always greet me with a warm, wonderful smile !! He always brightened my day and warmed my heart !! I loved our little visits ! Mike touched many people's hearts and will be greatly missed ! Thinking of you with heartfelt sympathy & friendship !!
Candle lit by Janine Wilkin Mike you will surely missed but I know the Lord needed you by his side...always looking for funny sidekick
Candle lit by Tami Love you forever, you made me a better person. Thank you for being in my life, you will be missed always!
Candle lit by Kathy Forever in my heart my Dearest Friend!
Candle lit by Heather Kuykendall
Candle lit by Valerie Redding I loved reading Michael’s posts on Facebook. The inspirational, uplifting and meaningful pictures usually lifted me up just when I needed a boost. I was sure to give him a thumbs up or heart in response. His pictures of family and his dog, you knew he was happy.
Candle lit by Linda Block-Pfeuffer You are so loved by many. I'm proud to be your niece. I will miss you.
Candle lit by David Ramage You will be missed my friend
Candle lit by The maldonado's Your so very much missed.
Candle lit by Margaret Martin RIP Mike
Candle lit by Shelly S I'll always remember you, you'll be missed. Rest in peace
Candle lit by Sue Holt My sincere condolences on the loss of Mike. You will all be in my prayers.
Candle lit by Cheryl Genzel You were my Hero. You will forever be in my heart. Love you always my love.
Candle lit by Terry Saucy Good Bye Mike I know we didn't see much of each other since high school but back in those days we had a lot of fun... R.I.P. my friend I'll see ya on the other side than we'll do some more street racing...
Candle lit by Jerry & Christina Emry May love light the way. ♡
Candle lit by Wanda Bilna My daughter Kathy spoke so kindly of you...I feel I knew you. RIP Mike.
Candle lit by Becky Gump Thank you Mike, for always having a smile on your face and usually a smart comment to go with it !
Candle lit by Terri Dyer Heaven has a new Angel. He will be missed.
Candle lit by Curtis Tallard Thanks for everything Mike.
Candle lit by Stephaine Emry Will miss you so much. Love you bunches.