Life Story / Obituary
Michael Joseph Kane, age 62, died Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born September 29, 1953 in Traverse City to Joseph P. and Louise (Rode) Kane. He was a graduate of Traverse City Central High School, and earned an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences from Northwestern Michigan College.
Michael was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing, bicycling, kayaking and gardening. He was a volunteer for many years with the Leelanau Conservancy maintaining the Whale Back Trail in Leelanau County west of Leland. He made an annual winter trip to Jamaica for over 40 years and considered Negril a second home.
He is survived by his significant other of many years, Elizabeth Murphy of Traverse City and her family, Zachary Bottenhorn, Michelle Bordeaux and Jasper Bottenhorn of Lake Leelanau; his mother, Louise Kane of Traverse City; a brother, Thomas (Jean) Kane of Garden City; two sisters, Teresa (Joseph) DeBella of Murray, Kentucky and Barbara (Robert McGinley) Kane of Traverse City; a nephew, Christopher (Rachel) Ouellette; two nieces, Cassalyn (Aaron) Spangler and Angela DeBella; two grand-nephews, Jack and Gabe Ouellette, and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Kane and a sister, Mary Kane Franczek.
At his request cremation has taken place. An informal gathering to celebrate Michael's life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to: Leelanau Conservancy 105 N. First St. P.O. Box 1007 Leland, MI 49654. Please visit www.lifestorytc.com to sign the guest book and share a message with the family. The family chose Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City, Michigan.