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Michael Lyle "Mike" Goodknecht

September 10, 1953 — September 21, 2022



    Michael Lyle "Mike" Goodknecht, age 69, of Fowler, MI, passed away Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at his home.

    A Memorial Service will be held at Pilgrim United Methodist Church on Friday, September 30, 2022, at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Andy Croel officiating.

   Michael was born in St. Johns, MI, on September 10, 1953, the son of Bernard and Helen (Conklin) Goodknecht.  He graduated from Fowler High School with the class of 1971.  Mike married Connie Crawford on February 29, 1992 in Mason, MI.

    Mike worked as a mechanic for his own business and with Bee's Sports and Becks Trailer Sales for many years. He retired in 2013 and went to work on the family farm. Mike was always busy doing something or tinkering in his building.

    Mike loved baseball and played for the Gratiot County Baseball League for 30 years.  He was inducted into the Gratiot County Baseball League Hall of Fame in 2015.  He loved hunting with his sons and grandsons and snowmobiling & UTV riding with his wife and best friends. 

    He is survived by his wife Connie Goodknecht of Fowler, MI; sons: Joshua and Angie Goodknecht of Bath, MI; Christopher “Cricket” and Marcy Goodknecht of St. Johns, MI; stepson Aaron and April Scott of Mason, MI; stepdaughter Sara and Mark Anderson of Alma, MI; stepson Braden Scott of Mulliken, MI; and twelve grandchildren; father Bernard Goodknecht of Fowler, MI; siblings: Diane and Gerry Freed of Ovid, MI; Debbie Chaffee and Ken Winn of Warren, MI; and mother-in-law Lorna Crawford of Carson City, MI.  He was preceded in death by his mother, granddaughter Dilynn Goodknecht, father-in-law George Crawford, and brother-in-law Link Crawford.

     Memorials may be made to Pilgrim United Methodist Church or your local humane society.  Online condolences can be sent to The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes - Goerge Chapel, Fowler, Michigan.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Memorial Service

Friday, September 30, 2022

11:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Pilgrim United Methodist Church

2965 W Parks Rd, Saint Johns, MI 48879

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