Beloved husband, father,
brother,uncle, cousin and friend to many (including several furry friends over
After a short battle with
cancer, he passed away peacefully on Monday November 11, 2013 in Portland,
Born February 25th, 1948 in
St Louis MO, the first of three children to Eugene and Leola Ary.
He grew up in Southern
California. Graduating from high school in Huntington Beach, California and
entering the U.S. Navy in 1967. He married his one and only love Noreen Ary.
Noreen preceded him in death as did his sister Linda, father and mother. They
had two boys Jason in 1973 and Thad in 1976. After the passing of Noreen, both
boys became their dads most trusting confidantes and friends.
They moved to Portland and
the surrounding areas in 1978 and never looked back. He loved exploring the
many mountains, forests trails, waterfalls, beaches that Oregon had to offer.
Many times he would pack up the family and head out yonder for a long drive to
who knows where.
He worked for BPA in several capacities over the years retiring
Michael had a big
personality and even bigger heart. He was a gentle giant. Over the past
several years he picked up new hobbies of bowling, swimming at the local
community center and taking in several rescue dogs. He loved those dogs.
Several have passed over the years and with each one he would write a euglogy
for each and send it out to friends and family. He was a great writer. He loved putting words to paper. If you
hadn't known who "Corky" was you would have thought it was his child based on
the eulogy he wrote. He also loved music. He could listen to many types of
music, jamming out, cocking his head back and forth. For many years, a typical
Friday night consisted of him heading to the nearest Tower Records to peruse the
newest releases. And then the Saturday mornings, he would put the lastest
record or cd on for us all to listen to. "Man, this great!" you would
hear him say as he played the air drums to the beat.
Big Poppa, we will miss your big smile
and "stoic" attitude. Gone in spirit but never forgotten. We hope you are
celebrating with other loved ones who have passed before.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to your nearest animal
shelter in memory of him.