Michael Sawall

Michael Sawall

December 3, 1960 March 4, 2020

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Obituary for Michael Gerald Sawall

Michael Gerald Sawall, age 59, from Clinton Michigan (hometown Ann Arbor), passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2020 in his home. Mike was born in Ann Arbor Michigan on December 3, 1960, to Lois (Crowder) Huller and Clare Sawall. In early childhood, his mother remarried Gerald Huller, who was a loving stepfather all of Michael’s life. He grew up in Ann Arbor, a 1979 graduate of Huron High School, where he proudly represented the River Rats football team. After living in Texas in his early twenties and marrying his first wife, Cindy Parker, he returned to Ann Arbor to work and raise his family. For a brief time in his later adult life he lived in Phoenix, Arizona. He was an excellent tradesman, working as a painter for over 25 years. Other interests and talents include music (drumming), creative writing, football, camping, scuba diving, and most other outdoor activities. He loved to be outside, but hated the cold! Most importantly, he loved his friends and family dearly. Over the years Michael had many pets that he loved, most recently his cats Alley and Puma.

Michael is survived by his mother, Lois Huller; daughter Chelsea (Adam) Ford along with his grandsons Michael, James and Casey Ford; sisters Joanie (Berry) Stovall and Trish Sawall (of Kansas); brother Kelly (Tiffanie) Sawall (of Texas); niece Sydney Stovall and nephew Dunn Stovall. In addition, he is survived by his former spouse Betty Ford, and her daughters Melissa Wild and Michelle Livingston, all of Saline, Michigan, who were his close family, friends, and supporters, especially in the last years of his life. Michael was preceded in death by his father, Clare Sawall, and stepfather Gerald Huller.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of the following Ann Arbor based charities in honor of Michael Sawall:

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For those not able to make the service in person please visit the funeral home's Facebook page at from 4:00 to 5:00 pm on Saturday, May 15, 2020.

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  • Memorial Gathering

    Friday May 15, 2020 | 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Nie Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Carpenter Road Chapel
    2400 Carpenter Road
    Ann Arbor, MI
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    Friday May 15, 2020
    3:00pm - 6:00pm

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William Vlisides

Our deepest condolences. May Mike Rest in Peace. Love, Mom & Bill
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Cindy Parker

Mike was a very loyal husband and loved all his family very much especially his daughter Chelsea. He worked hard as a painter all his life and loved his work. He also had a great and wild sense of humor. He used to tease me and my daughter all the time! He was a loyal friend and family man. He will be missed by many.
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Bernie Poegel

I met Mike many years ago. He was a great person and I always enjoyed seeing him. He will be sadly missed. My deepest condolences.
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