- June 27, 1953 - January 17, 2012
- Niles, Michigan
of Michael's Passing
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“Hi Mike. I have been sitting here for the last few minutes just trying to figure out what to say...I still cannot believe that you are no longer...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Bill Pyatt - Dowagiac, MI
“Brenda and Family...Mike will be so missed, he was such a good friend. I'll always remember that snowmobile trip where our cabin caught on fire...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: John Pyatt - Spokane, WA - Friend
“To the Blaney family,
My heart goes out to you! Mike's passion for his work and for his hobbies can't be duplicated. I bought my first sled from...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Dave Syson - Niles, MI - Friend
“Some of my favorite childhood memories were riding my bike over to the Blaney's and taking rides with Mr.Blaney & Mrs. Blaney in the convertible. ...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Kaylan Cummins-Prentice - Chicago, IL
“Brenda, Christopher, Kathleen - There are no real words to expressmy feelings for you all . May the warmest memories keep you healingthrough this...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Nancy Dunn - Dowagiac, MI
“So sorry for your loss. Mike was a true friend.
6 of 17 | Posted by: Larry and Cindy Norris - Galien, MI
“Kathy & Family, I am so sorry to hear of Mike's passing! Mike was a wonderful person and he did a wonderful job on all of his repairs.
7 of 17 | Posted by: Leslie Foust
“I was informed via facebook of Mike's passing and was very saddend to receive such news. We had several classes together in high school and I will...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Ginny Moore Korsikas - Tucson, AZ
“Brenda, Chris, Kathy & Family, I am so sorry to hear of Mikes Passing. I have known Mike for some 30 years we first met while working at Tyler...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Scott & Kathy Zeider - Niles, MI
“Sorry to hear of Mike's passing. He was a friend for years having fixed many of my families car along with dealing with Mike while working in the...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Arlene Brown - Niles - friend
“I am very sorry to hear of Mike's passing. He was a close friend in High School. I regret that I didn't keep in closer contact with him in later...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Mike Schwartz - Cleburne, TX
“Dear Brenda, Chris, Kathy & Family,
I was so sorry to hear the news about Michael. Although I met him just a few times, I got the 4-1-1 on him from...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Jim Krafft - St. Joseph, MI
“I had the pleasure of working with Mike these past 9 years through the Four Flags Snowmobile Club. He was truly a joy to work with and his heart was...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Mary Jane Lamphere - Niles, MI
“What can I say? Mike touched so many lives and had so many friends. I first got to know Mike when we were attending Ferris. We maintained our...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Larry Moore - Niles, MI - Friend
“My Uncle Mike was a wonderful person. He had a contagious smile (and a very contagious laugh....) He made family gatherings so much fun. He was so...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Megan - Fort Lauderdale, FL
“I am sorry for your loss! Mike was first a competitor when we raced snowmobiles and later a good friend. He brightened my day everytime I saw him. ...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Ted Foster - Galien, MI - Friend
“Mike was a good friend and snowmobiling enthusiasts. We will miss him greatly, he played a major role in the upkeep and maintenance of the area...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Greg & Marcia Kope - Friend
Michael R. Blaney, 58, of Niles, Michigan died suddenly Monday, January 17th, in his home.
He was born June 27, 1953 in Jackson, Michigan to the late Donald & Doris (Liskey) Blaney. On June 19, 1976 in Buchanan he married Brenda Reutter Blaney who survives, along with a son, Chris Blaney of Niles, a daughter, Kathleen Blaney of San Diego, CA, a sister, Patricia (Frank) Hubbel of Brooklyn, MI, a brother, William (Joyce) Blaney of Thousand Oaks, CA, and his stepmother, Mary Jo Blaney of Buchanan, MI.
Mike graduated from Ferris State University and worked at several area automotive dealerships as a body shop manager and owned and operated his own body shop for the past twenty years. He loved boating, bike riding and snowmobiling. He was an active member of the Four Flags Snowmobile Club of Niles. He was also very fond of his cat and dog, Mitten and Nikki.
A memorial service will take place at a later date. Memorial Contributions in Mike's memory may be made to the Four Flags Snowmobile Club: P.O. Box 520, Niles, MI. 49120.
The family is being served by Swem Chapel Buchanan, Michigan. Those wishing to sign his guest book or leave a condolence message may do so by visiting our website at www.swemchapel.com.