Michael William Derigo was born on July 21, 1946 in Decatur, Illinois. He is one of three children born from the union of the late William Henry Derigo and the late Mary Elizabeth Stairwalt. After graduating from high school, he proudly enlisted into the United States Army. Michael honorably served his country from January 27, 1964 until January 25, 1967, earning several commendations including a purple heart. After serving in the military, he furthered his education at Perdue University with a focus on law.
Michael started his career as a plumber/pipefitter to care for his family. A proud union man, he worked for Local 190, Ann Arbor in construction for many years before taking medical retirement in 1993. He wanted nothing more than to make sure his family was well taken care of. A natural family man, he loved nothing more than to spend time with his children and cook for gatherings. He was always goofing around and making those around him smile.
After retiring, Michael was driven to help the needy within his community. He opened a soup kitchen in Monroe called “The Mission” where he served meals twice a week. He was a generous and loving man. Friends often referred to him as the “Minnesota Mike”.
Michael William Derigo, age 71 of Monroe passed away at 2:20pm on Monday, August 7, 2017 peacefully at home, he had been under the care of ProMedica Hospice. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother: Robert Derigo.
To cherish his memory, Michael leaves his beloved children: Christopher Derigo of Monroe and Sarah Derigo of Dundee; a sister: Veronica Statler-Derigo of California; and two granddaughters: Alyssa Logan and Harper St. Bernard.
No public services have been planned at this time. Arrangements have been entrusted to Merkle Funeral Service, North Monroe; 2442 North Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan (734)384-5185.
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