Michael J. Kegley passed away Thursday, September 3, 2020 at McLaren Bay Region at the age of 79 years. He was born on June 30, 1941 in Bay City to the late Daniel and Virginia (Redmond) Kegley. Michael was a 1960 graduate of T.L. Handy High School and went on to proudly serve his country for 28 years in the United States Navy. In the Navy he was an Aviation Electrician’s Mate and Chief Petty Officer. Michael married the former Mary E. Kadar on July 7, 1962 in Rockwood, Michigan and they were married for 58 years. He was a member of the American Legion Post #18 where he was past commander and adjutant. As President of the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, Michael’s proudest moment was bringing the USS Edson to Bay City after years of hard work that began in 1997 with his work continuing daily at the ship until the time of his passing. He dedicated himself fully to the USS Edson, preserving its history and teaching it to the next generations.
Michael is survived by his wife, Mary; daughter, Deborah Kegley; son, Michael John II (Lonnie Brewer); grandchildren, Gabriel Stanley and Amanda Deer; step-grandchildren Katie, Bonnie, and Andrew Brewer; 3 great grandchildren, and 4 step-great grandchildren; sister, Susan Kegley and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brothers, Daniel and Jeff Kegley.
A ship side service at the USS Edson will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 9, 2020. Officiating will be Rev. Charles Campbell with military honors under the auspices of the Bay County Veterans Council. Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at the Gephart Funeral Home from 2:00 to 6:00 and on Wednesday at the USS Edson from 10:00 a.m. through the time of the service. Private burial will take place following in Floral Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to make a memorial contribution to the Saginaw Valley Navy Ship Museum, located at 1680 Martin St, Bay City, MI 48706.
USS Edson ’Chief’ Mike Kegley dies after a lifetime of supporting veterans and history