Michael Lynn Vetuski, known affectionately as Mike, was a kind and gentle man who lived his life with purpose and passion. He was born on February 4, 1949, in Enid, OK, to Mitchell G Vetuski, Sr and Alice M Wassem Vetuski.
Mike's career as a master diesel mechanic was not merely a job for him; it was his true calling. He loved working with diesel engines and had an extraordinary talent for fixing them. Regardless of the freezing cold weather or scorching heat, Mike would tirelessly dedicate himself to his work. He regaled others with fascinating stories of his travels in pursuit of his profession. Respected and well-liked among colleagues, Mike received numerous job offers from across the western states and even Alaska. His expertise took him as far as Vietnam to work on diesel engines; however, he candidly admitted that being shot at was not something he enjoyed.
Beyond his professional accomplishments, Mike will be remembered for his tender heart and caring nature. He often expressed his love and affection through special cards and flowers, demonstrating just how much he cared for those around him. This soft-heartedness endeared him to many. Exploring ghost towns, old mines, and embarking on off-road adventures were among Mike's favorite pastimes. Finding a companion who shared his enthusiasm for these endeavors brought him immense joy.
Mike's personality was marked by kindness and humor. He delighted in sharing outlandish facts and stories with Brenda, often bursting into laughter at her gullible reactions. Dogs held a special place in Mike's heart, and he treated them like royalty. Pepper held the position of his favorite companion for several years, prompting a heartfelt request to doctors to keep him alive long enough so that he could ensure the well-being of his beloved pet. Friends fondly remember Mike as a good man who lived his life well.
When he wasn't working or embarking on adventures, Mike found solace in exploring the state he called home. Whether it was admiring the splendor of God's work off-road or working outside in his yard, tending to flowers, bushes, and grass, he found unparalleled happiness in these simple yet meaningful activities. Sitting on his swing, he would take a moment to appreciate the beauty he had cultivated.
Tragically, Michael Lynn Vetuski passed away on Monday, August 28, 2023, in Glendale, AZ, after a long illness. Throughout his battle, he showed incredible courage and an unwavering will to live. He often stated that he had led a good life.
Among Mike's proudest accomplishments was becoming a master diesel mechanic. He understood that this achievement ensured a secure future for himself and his family as long as he could work. Mike cherished his family deeply. He was predeceased by his father Mitchell G Vetuski Sr., his mother Alice M Wassem Vetuski, and his siblings Mitchell G Vetuski Jr., Rena Vetuski, and Millicent Helaine Vetuski Belcher. David Belcher (brother-in-law) and Micah Vetuski (nephew) were also cherished members of their extended family.
Furthermore, left to cherish Mike's memory are Chelace Vetuski Engles (his daughter), Brenda Wharton (his life partner), Stephanie "Penny" Vetuski (sister-in-law), along with numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews who admired and loved him dearly.
Michael Lynn Vetuski will be remembered as a loving father, partner, son, brother, uncle, and friend. His kind spirit and zest for adventure will always be celebrated by those whose lives he touched. May he rest in peace knowing that he left an indelible mark on all who had the privilege of knowing him.