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Michael (Mike) Daniel Reeme, 61, of Byers, CO died after a long illness on January 12th, 2018. Michael was born in Denver, CO on March 31st, 1956; the second child to Harvey Daniel Reeme and Agnes Marie Atkinson. Mike was raised in Englewood, Colorado, where he spend endless hours with his dad working on old cars and building motorcycles together, Mikes dad was his best friend. Mike graduated from Englewood / Cherry Creek High School.
Before really settling down and starting adult life, Mike decided he needed to do something exciting, so he jumped on his motorcycle and went to Canada. He enjoyed the scenery and people he met along the way. In many ways, this trip shaped him for the rest of his life. Mike was a kind, humble, giving, and compassionate man. He would always see the best qualities in the people he met.
After Canada, he returned to Englewood and accepted a position at Wilkerson Corporation, where he worked for 22 years, leaving as a Machinist - Tool and Die Maker. But he was far from done, so he then opened his own shop and married the love of his life, Susan (Sue) Forkenbrock and together they moved to Byers, CO.
Mike’s talent was beyond imagination. He bought his first house when he was only 20, and completely remodeled it using things that most people no longer wanted, such as forklift pallets/skids. His kitchen cabinets were crafted from the skids that he painstakingly took apart, while the cabinet hardware he made from scrap brass. Once he turned the house into a home, he then focused on his mother’s home and furnished it with things he imagined, and then crafted. One person’s scrap was Mike’s next project.
In the last fifteen years, Mike suffered from numerous illnesses and injuries. He had five back surgeries, two neck surgeries, and two heart attacks. In 2014, he was diagnosed with liver cancer and after treatment was informed he was cancer free. In 2015, only two days before his wife's surgery for cancer, he was told he had cancer again, in a new place. This time the doctor’s did not feel there was anything they could do for him, and was given only three months to live.
In spite of their diagnosis (or knowing Mike, maybe because of it), Mike kept his sense of humor and compassion for others, and stayed with us for almost three years. He continued to be creative and set up a work place to make bird houses with friends and family. His wife, family, and friends will mourn the loss of Mike, but they feel some peace knowing he is no longer suffering. He will always live in their hearts.
He was preceded in death by his father Harvey Daniel Reeme and many aunts and uncles.
Surviving are his wife Susan Mary Reeme, mother Agnes Marie Reeme of Loveland CO, sister Dr. Debra Prow and Mike Prow of Iowa, brother Harry and Tammy Reeme of Loveland CO, nephew Professor Tarl Prow and Dr. Natalie Prow of Australia, beautiful niece Talina Prow and Brett Nemeroff of Texas, nephews Kurtis and Nathen Reeme and Amanda Reeme all of Colorado, and two special great nieces Meagan Fawcett and Rebecca Long of Colorado. Additionally, there are many brothers and sisters in laws and even more nieces and nephews.
Special thanks to:
RN Nancy Jarvis, a dear friend/sister of Mike’s wife, who flew in from Texas and towards the end took charge of Mike’s care. There are not enough words to say all that she did for the family - Thank you Nancy.
Sadie Stripping who helped Mike through all of his illnesses and gave him comfort, compassion and laughter.
The University of Colorado Oncology Team lead by Dr Wells A. Messersmith who never gave up and continue to fight to find different treatments in hopes of helping others like Mike.
Chad Graves, a neighbor, who provided them with a drive way and a patio which was a huge blessing - no more mud.
Mike and Sue both felt very blessed to have so many friends and family help through this difficult time. Even without naming each and every one of you, please know that you made a difference. Thank you!
In lieu of flowers, the family asking for donations to provide an engraved park bench so Mike can continue to help others and his legacy can live on.
Celebration of Life:
All Souls (Service)
4950 S Logan St
Englewood, Co 80113
Reception following at All Souls