Michael James Kitzmiller
November 5, 1945 - June 29, 2017
Michael James Kitzmiller of Salem, Oregon, passed away Thursday, June 29, 2017. He was 71 years old. He died in the Salem Hospital, after battling an illness for several months. Both of his children were with him at the time of death.
Michael was born November 5, 1945, in Dallas, Oregon. He was the youngest of his siblings, John W.
Kitzmiller, Jr. deceased and Gretchen Kitzmiller Plath. His parents, John W. Kitzmiller and Augusta Gerlinger Kitzmiller, pre-deceased him. Michael spent his childhood in Dallas and graduated from Dallas High School. He attended the University of Oregon and Oregon State University.
Michael served in the Army Reserve. His older brother, Lt. John Kitzmiller, had the honor of conducting the swearing in of Michael to the Army Reserve, Headquarters Company, 414th Regiment, Salem, Oregon.
He had a successful career as a stockbroker and retired from A. G. Edwards & Sons now Wells Fargo Advisors in the year 2000.
Michael and his wife, Liz, loved to take cruises all over the world. In total, they experienced three world cruises and nearly 50 other cruises. Michael also loved food and had very definite likes and dislikes. He loved Spaghettios in the can, a Rib-Eye or T-bone steak and a piece of chocolate cake with just the right kind of chocolate frosting dumped in a bowl of milk and mixed up before eating. He made it clear to all that he did not like pineapple upside down cake. Michael loved to challenge his wife nearly every evening to a competitive game of Scrabble. His real passions were playing cards, especially bridge, and a game of golf with his favorite buddies. He loved winters in Palm Desert, California, where he could continue to play bridge and golf.
Michael's wife, Elizabeth A. Lee Kitzmiller, preceded him in death June 1, 2013.
Surviving Michael are: his son, Michael J. "Chip" Kitzmiller, his daughter, Kristin Kitzmiller; grandson Michael J. "Tres" Kitzmiller, granddaughter Morgan Kitzmiller, grandson Evan Neuenschwander.
Contributions, in lieu of flowers, can be made to the ALS Association of Oregon and SW Washington, 700 NE Multnomah Street #870, Portland, Oregon 97232.
The memorial service will be 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, at the Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service, 605
Commercial Street SE, Salem, Oregon 97301. A reception will follow the service at 3:00 p.m. at Illahe Hills Country Club, 3376 Country Club Drive S, Salem, Oregon 97302. Private interment will be at the City View Mausoleum.