Kenneth “Mike” Squires, passed away peacefully Friday, October 5, 2018 with his family by his side. Mike was born August 30, 1938 to Ann and Delbert Squires of Kalamazoo. Mike is survived by his wife Clarice (C.J.) and his two daughters, Melissa (Billy) Shearer of Otsego, MI and Kimberly Cole of Battle Creek, MI, four grandchildren and one great grandchild, Nick Cole, Stephanie Cole, Morgan Shearer, Spencer Shearer and Evelyn Martinez, along with his brother, Tim (Lynda) Squires of Kalamazoo and his sister, Delanne (Bill) Posthumus of Portage, MI, along with many nieces and nephews. Mike was preceded in death by his parents Ann and Del Squires, and his brother, Patrick Squires of Richmond VA. Mike served in the Army from 1960-1963, he was a graduate of State High and Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Mike retired in 2002 after 33 years as Vice President of Comerica Bank, Inc. While working for Comerica Bank in Muskegon, MI, he taught classes in banking at Muskegon Community College. After retiring, Mike and C.J. moved to Paw Paw where they began construction work on their retirement home on Ackley Lake. Mike and his contractor David Jones, became very good friends. Mike loved to fish and will miss his Wednesday Fishing trips with the “cottage gang.” Jim Miller and Larry Shaefer. Mike’s two youngest grandchildren are very active in sports, which became the highlight of their day when they attended a sporting event. Mike and C.J. enjoyed traveling to Alaska, Key West and cruising to the Caribbean visiting Puerto Rico, St. Martins and the Bahamas. Per Mike’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A gathering to celebrate his life will be held at a later date for immediate family. C.J. would like to thank all who prayed for them in the last few months. She will indeed miss “her guy.”
My dad “papa” as his grandchildren knew him was by far the kindest, most patient and generous man anyone could ever know. Those who were lucky enough to have known him loved him dearly. His quick wit and intelligence were greatly admired by all. He adored his family and friends. He loved telling me stories of his fishing adventures with his great group of close friends. He never missed a chance to watch his grandchildren play sports and let them know how proud of they made him. He was the greatest dad I could have asked for. We shared many special vacation days on the lake. We will all take away wonderful memories of an outstanding human being. Love-Melissa, Billy, Morgan and Spencer.