Michael Frank Bango passed away peacefully at his home in Harbor Springs on October 18, 2013.
Born to Michael and Theresa (Kolyvek) Bango on January 6, 1929 in the Hungarian-American community in Delray, MI. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Ann and wife of sixty years, MaryAnn. Michael and MaryAnn were married on September 29, 1951 and had four children, Sharon (Bucky Winesett), Terry (James Clairmont), Michael (Janet) and Gary, four grandchildren, Nathan, Ryan, Laura and Mary as well as two step-grandchildren, Jason and Peter.
In 1946 Michael entered the Marines and became a mechanic. During his service time he worked on planes and automobiles, displaying a natural ability for the understanding of machines. After leaving the service, MaryAnn and he headed to the Alaskan wilderness for nearly a year before relocating to Taylor, MI to begin their family. During his time there he continued to work as a mechanic and found pleasure in building and racing cars. In 1968 the Bangos headed north to Harbor Springs and purchased the Ranchwood Lodge. Michael joined the crew at Irish Boat shop where he became a marine mechanic and was employed for 24 years before retiring in 1988.
A loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and brother, Michael was a proud Hungarian and Marine. Known for his skillful woodworking and craftsmanship, he could always be found working on projects, including cedar chests, toys for his grandchildren and his masterpiece, a wood splitter built from scratch. His stories were fantastic and engaging and anyone who knew him could attest that they were definitely worth the listen. An avid sportsman and dedicated family man, Michael enjoyed spending time with the ones he loved while fishing or relaxing under the grand maple tree known to so many.
The Bango family would like to thank Hospice of Little Traverse Bay for the wonderful care. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Hospice of Little Traverse Bay or Manna Food Project where Michael volunteered.
The family invites friends and family to celebrate Michael's life under the grand maple tree during the summer of 2014.
Online condolences may be made at www.stonefuneralhomeinc.com.