John “Mike” Steiger

John “Mike” Steiger, 69,of Gaylord, went to join our Heavenly Father on Thursday, June 20, 2019.

Mike was born on November 24, 1949 in Detroit, Michigan, to John F. Steiger and Mary (Gillard) Steiger.  

After graduation from high school, Mike was drafted and proudly served in the US Army 4th Infantry from 1969 to 1971. He was in Vietnam and Cambodia where he earned the Army Commendation Medal and a Purple Heart.   In 1986, he married his best friend and sole mate, Carol (Heise) Steiger.  Mike and Carol moved up north in 1992, where Mike spent the rest of his life.

Mike loved hockey and was an avid Red Wings fan. At the age of 13, he was invited to try out for the US Olympic team as a goalie.  Over the years he enjoyed hunting, fishing, baseball and being outdoors. The time he loved the most were the days he spent with his loving wife Carol.  Mike was a kind and gentle soul.  He would give the shirt off his back to help another in need and was known for his big loving bear hugs.  After years of living with the effects of exposure to Agent Orange, he passed away peacefully at home.

Mike is survived by his beloved wife Carol; his two faithful Weimaraner’s Tootsie and Zeeva; daughter Kelley; granddaughter Madison of Albuquerque, NM; brother Daniel (Sharon) Steiger of Cross Village, MI, sister Pat (Ralph) Tenaglia, and numerous nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by all of his in-laws in the Heise family that loved him like he was born into the family.

Preceding him in death were his parents and brother Robert (Bob) Steiger.

Cremation services are being handled by the Nelson Funeral Home in Gaylord and his ashes will be interned at the Great Lakes National Cemetery at a later date with military honors and a prayer service. 

Memorials can be made to his family to assist with his final arrangements or to one of the local veteran’s organizations in his honor.


  1. Annie June 24, 2019 at 8:09 am - Reply

    I am so sorry for your loss. It is hard to ease the pain and hurt when our loved ones fall asleep in death. I hope you can find comfort in knowing that God promises to bring back to life those who we have lost in death. In John 5:28,29 it states “the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out “. I hope this wonderful thought can bring comfort and peace in the days and weeks to come. Annie.

  2. Tim & Laurie McGee June 24, 2019 at 11:36 am - Reply

    Carol, we still can not believe the news of Mike’s passing. He was a wonderfully gentle and kind man, always wishing to help others and in such a positive manner, even through all he was going through!

    Though I know that nothing will comfort you now, time will help to ease the pain, and surrounding yourself with friends who love both you and Mike will be great therapy as well.

    Please reach out if you need anything. There are a lot of us here who care greatly about you!

    God’s blessing to you and your family!

    Tim & Laurie

  3. bruce heise June 24, 2019 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    I know its very hard to swallow but know he is at peace; no more pain, and will always LOVE you. Soooo very sorry. Love Bruce and Roxane

  4. Terry Materna June 28, 2019 at 9:10 am - Reply

    Carol, sorry about your loss. Mike always had a smile on him. Our sincere condolences to you and the family, may God Bless you all.

  5. J Jones July 1, 2019 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    Dear Mrs.Carol & Kelley & Steiger Family: Psalm 37:9-11 & John 5:28-29 gives hope of being reunited with our loved ones on a paradise earth. For more comfort please see With Sympathy, J.Jones

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