Michael F. Velez

Obituary for Michael F. Velez

September 26, 1956 - April 19, 2021
Elyria, Ohio | Age 64

Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother


Michael F. Velez "Mike", 64, of Lorain County, passed away Monday, April 19, 2021 from complications due to COVID at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain.
Michael was a graduate of Admiral King High School. He enjoyed his time at the Elyria Salvation Army (church) as a facilities coordinator. He had a special connection with the people that walked through the door, no one was a stranger. If someone was hungry, he would feed them; if they were troubled, he would talk and offer to pray with them. His life experiences formed in him a heart of service.
He became a Salvation Army Senior Solider and enjoyed his fellowship with his church family. He served hot meals, assisted his wife Lucy with The Chronicle's Not Forgotten Box, and with her even taught the Teen Sunday School class known as the "Breakfast Club."
Growing up, he loved sports… street football, basketball, baseball, boxing, and martial arts. As a dad, his house became the neighborhood hangout to shoot hoops. The kids were safe, encouraged and always fed! He enjoyed playing Jeopardy with his daughter, Erin and spending many hours on the phone with his daughter, Colleen. His favorite past times were cooking, swimming, or fishing with family and friends.
Mike is survived by his wife of eight years, Lucy Velez; daughters, Erin Velez and Colleen (Frank Witherspoon) Velez, Cierra and Mckenzie Goldsmith; very special grandson, Bryce Witherspoon; the Marrero family; many loved nieces, nephews and cherished children he helped raise and mentor; brother, Steve and sisters, Amy and Liz; extended families and friends.
He is in heaven with his mother, Judy; brother, David; sister, Nancy and Lucy's daughter, Kyrsten.
Mike's wishes were to be cremated, internment will be in Brookdale Cemetery, Elyria. A Celebration of Mike's Life will be announced at a later date.
Memorial contributions can be forwarded to the Elyria Salvation Army Corp., 716 Broad Street, Elyria, Ohio 44035 or for Bryce's college fund, please contact Colleen Velez at cfvelez14@gmail.com.
Mike, you touched the lives of many. The day you passed away it rained - and the heavens were opened to receive you.
Funeral arrangements by Busch Funeral Home, Elyria. www.buschcares.com

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