Michael Anthony Chippa

Michael Anthony Chippa, age 45 of Elmira, passed away at his home on Tuesday, July 31, 2018.

Mike was born in Grayling, MI on November 3, 1972 to Michael and Janice (Bainter) Chippa. From the time he could walk, Mike helped his parents at Chippa’s Farm in Elmira, a job that he stayed in all his life. In 1991, he graduated from Alba High School. After graduation, Mike worked at Glen’s, and finished his career at Save-A-Lot, where he worked as a meat cutter manager. It was at the former where he met the love of his life, Rebecca Webber. The two married on September 8, 2001, and together raised three children. In Mike’s spare time, he enjoyed riding dirt bikes and admired Harley-Davidson, Mustangs and rat rods, all the while listening to some hard rock in the background.

Mike is survived by his wife of 16 years, Bec; children Seth, Jaidah, and Churtous (“Curtis”); parents Mike and Janice; sisters Shelly (Pete) Ialacci, Janael Kitchen, and Lezlie (Skip) Newkirk; his aunts and uncles, and four nieces, one nephew, and four great-nephews.

He is preceded in death by both his Chippa and Bainter grandparents; and brother-in-law Gary Kitchen.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary Cathedral on Saturday, August 4, at 11:00 AM.

Visitation will be held at the Nelson Funeral Home on Friday, August 3, from 3:00 – 7:00 PM. The visitation will continue at St. Mary Cathedral on Saturday from 10:00 AM until the time of service. Mike’s family has requested that friends and family avoid wearing suits for his service and visitation, and instead find their best Harley-Davidson clothing. Skulls and crossbones, flames, and jeans are also acceptable.

Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.


Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Service

135 N Center Ave.
Gaylord, MI 49735


St Mary Cathedral

606 N. Ohio Ave.
Gaylord, MI 49735-1999


  1. Connie & Arlen Turner August 2, 2018 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    We extend our most sincere prayers for Mike’s entire family. Remember Mike in the good times, and find peace in your memories of him throughout his way-too-short life! We truly are sorry for your sudden loss!

  2. Diane Lewis August 2, 2018 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    So very sorry for your loss, gone too soon! Prayers for those left behind, and comfort in memories he has left behind!

  3. Kristy Forrest August 2, 2018 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    Beca, I’m so sorry to hear of this. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers. If you need anything please let me know. Sincerely, Kristy Forrest

  4. Mary Mason August 2, 2018 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    Becca, I am so very sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy.

  5. Maria Ialacci-Esposito August 3, 2018 at 6:28 am - Reply

    Dear Chippa Family, Our hearts and prayers are with you. So sad to hear of Michael’s passing, May God’s Perpetual Light Shine Upon Him. May your wonderful memories of Michael help you through this difficult time.

  6. Lou and Bonnie Rybicki August 3, 2018 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Chippa family, Bonnie and I express our condolences on the death of Michael. She told me how she sat with his sisters while he was brought into this world in a snowstorm, and his dads smile when he walked into the house after returning home. God bless.

  7. Penny Pomeroy August 3, 2018 at 8:39 am - Reply

    To the Chippa family, I am very, very sorry for your loss. Peace be unto you.

  8. Todd and Connie Huffman August 3, 2018 at 9:35 am - Reply

    So sorry for your loss. Praying for peace and comfort for your family.

  9. Gina & Andy Puroll Family August 3, 2018 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    We are so sorry for your loss. We will hold you in our thoughts and prayers, may the Good Lord be by your side in this time of need.

  10. Ron and Donna Russell August 3, 2018 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    Out thoughts and prayers are with all of Mike’s friends and family. So sorry to hear this sad news. We will miss his big smile. May God send comfort at this sad time.

  11. Dick & Carol Austin August 3, 2018 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    We are so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. Our prayers & thoughts will be with you at this time.

  12. Kim Totten August 3, 2018 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your loss. Mike was a great guy and coworker, he will be missed dearly. Hugs and prayers to the family.

  13. Andrea Albert August 3, 2018 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your family’s loss. Mike was such an enjoyable guy. I always liked visiting with him and talking about deer cases and violators. A good guy with a big smile who will be greatly missed.

  14. Doug Aulgur August 3, 2018 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    So very sorry to hear about Mike. It’s been many years since I’ve seen any of the Chippa’s and recall Mike as a good young man. I’ll be praying for his wife and kids and parents and sisters.

  15. Elaine Webber August 3, 2018 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    Rebbeca and entire Chippa family, my sincerest condolences on Mike’s passing! He was THE best meat cutter around. Always smiling, and all around fun loving guy!

    My prayers and thoughts are with you during this most difficult time and the days, weeks and months to come!

  16. Shawn. Hoogerhyde August 3, 2018 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    Thoughts and prayers for Michael’s family during this tough time, he’s now watching over all of us.

  17. Elaine Webber August 3, 2018 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    Rebbeca, and entire Chippa family!
    My sincerest condolences to you all at this most difficult time!
    My prayers and thoughts are with you all now and in the days, weeks, and months to come.

  18. Karen (Enderle) Belleau August 4, 2018 at 8:39 am - Reply

    Becca & Family

    I am so sorry for your loss. May his love continue to reach you during this time of grief and sadness.

  19. Dennis and Kathy Leysen August 4, 2018 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    To the Chippa family: So very sorry to hear about your son, Michael’s passing. Our sincere sympathy and we hope you will remember all the family times and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this very sad time. Peace to you and your family, Mike.

  20. Joan Brown August 6, 2018 at 8:30 am - Reply

    My condolences to the family for the loss of your loved one, Michael.

  21. Karen Blakely August 7, 2018 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your dear husband, father, son, brother, nephew and uncle. When someone dies so young, one may ask why man does not live forever. But be assured, God promises Us in the Bible at Revelation 21:4, that very soon he will do away with death and sickness from the Earth forever, and then he will resurrect Michael to perfect life here on Earth, surrounded by family and friends, which has always been God’s purpose for mankind and for the Earth.

  22. Grace Cross/Wall August 8, 2018 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry for your loss. We had lived off Primrose road for 9 years, and not sure if you remember Dennis and Grace Cross, we extend our deepest condolences to you and your family.

  23. Cyndie Forster August 8, 2018 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry to hear that Mike has passed away. Family Fare’s meat department in Mancelona hasn’t been the same since he left. I always enjoyed talking to him. Our most heart felt condolences to his family.

  24. Lori Derror August 10, 2018 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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