Michael H. Pyhtila

SOUTH RANGE — Michael H. Pyhtila, 55, a resident of South Range, passed away Friday January 10, 2020, at the Lighthouse of Hancock where he had been a patient since this past December following a lengthy illness.

He was born on July 8, 1964, in Waukegan, IL, a son of Glenn and Shirley (Kemila) Pyhtila. Mike was raised in Houghton and attended Houghton High School where he was a goalie for the High School Hockey team and graduated with the class of 1982.

On April 13, 1985, he was united in marriage to the former Cynthia Houle. The couple resided locally while Mike worked for Copper Country Mental Health. In 1993, the couple moved to make their home in Loveland, CO, in 1993. He then worked for Water Pic and the Colorado Department of Metal Health. In 2001, they moved to make their home in South Range. Mr. Pyhtila had worked locally for Walmart until his health forced an early retirement in 2018.

Mike enjoyed hunting, golfing and hockey. He was an avid Detroit Lions and Toronto Maple Leaf fan.

Surviving are his wife, Cynthia Pyhtila of South Range; his children, Andrew Pyhtila of South Range, Elizabeth (JD Dozier) Pyhtila of Loveland, CO, and Joseph (Caitlyn) Pyhtila of Plymouth, MN; his grandchildren, Niklas, Luukas, and Adele; his parents, Glenn and Shirley Pyhtila of Hancock; his brothers, Eric (Jean) Pyhtila of Hancock, Alan Pyhtila of Northville, MI, and Christopher (Jessica) Pyhtila of Sterling, VA; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service for Michael will be held at noon Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, at the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Hancock with Rev. Brahm Semmler Smith to officiate.

Friends may call on Tuesday Jan. 14, 2020, at the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Hancock from 10 a.m. until time of services.

To view Mike’s obituary or to send condolences to the family please visit www.memorialchapel.net.

The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes are assisting the family with the arrangements.