Michael “Mike” Lawrence Kueffer, 67, of Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, passed away July 10, 2018.
His family said, “The world has lost a real legend. It is with deepest sorrows in our hearts that we must announce he returned to the ‘Big Jesus of Everything.’”
Mike was born Aug. 2, 1950, in Chicago, the son of Geraldean “Geri” South Kueffer and Walter “Wally” Karl Kueffer.
While considering careers from sandwich making to the priesthood, Mike’s passion was firmly rooted in music. This led to many adventures, including tours all over the country. Eventually, Mike decided to hang up his microphone for a suit and tie and found himself very successful in the hotel world. This was a career that took him from the mainland to Maui, then on to Oahu, Guam and even India.
After a 2002 motorcycling accident, Mike recovered from traumatic brain injury and eventually returned to Maui, the place he loved and called home since 1994. He never lost that rock-star charm. Anyone who knew him would say he always had a big, gorgeous smile on his face and he would light up any room with his presence.
Preceding him in death were his father; his brother, Mitch Kueffer; and his niece, Nicole Sunberg.
Surviving are his mother, Geraldean Kueffer; his children, daughter, Sanna Root, and husband Jeff; daughter, Jessica Cooney, and husband David; daughter, Alanna Kueffer; and son, Michael Kueffer; his grandchildren, McKenna, Brooklyn, Danielle, Matthew, Joshua and Lily; and his siblings, Sue Tarantino, Jenny Seitl, Julie Sunberg, Walter “Wally” Kueffer II and Jackie Kueffer-Kyrouac and husband Tommy, of Cissna Park.
Mike lived a passionate life through his music and career but valued family above all else. At the end of the day, he just wanted to know that everyone was OK ... that everyone was happy.
A celebration of life will soon be announced for family, friends and anyone who loved Mike, and he would want just that: his family together, loving, laughing, singing, smiling and celebrating the “great and beautiful Michael Kueffer.”
Memorials may be made to Feed my Sheep (Maui, Hawaii) or Maui Clinic Foundation.