Dr. Michael E. Wooden of Kalamazoo, MI passed away Sunday, September 4, 2016, in Rose Arbor Hospice Residence, at the age of 81. Michael was born March 15, 1935 in Kalamazoo to the late James and Muriel (Powers) Wooden. Michael was united in marriage to Uta S. Behnert on November 14, 1959, in Berlin, Germany. Uta survives. Michael served in the U.S. Air Force from December of 1956 until honorably discharged in January of 1960. Michael earned his Doctorate from Western Michigan University. He was a life-long Kalamazoo resident and dedicated his life to education for 46 years. Michael was a proud member of Portage-Schoolcraft FOE #3531. Dr. Wooden is survived by his wife of 57 years and the love of his life Uta Wooden, along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and dear friends. Preceding him in death were siblings, Milton, Sharon, James, Ray and Robert Wooden. No visitation or services are scheduled. As expressed per Michael's wishes, cremation has taken place. A private graveside and committal service will be scheduled at a later date at Ft. Custer National Cemetery. The family is being served by Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel. Michael's family would like to offer a very special thanks to the wonderful staff at Rose Arbor Hospice for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Michael's memory may be directed to Rose Arbor Hospice Residence or to a charity of your choice promoting the cause of animals.