MICHAEL GREGORY THORNHILL, 65, of Goodells, MI, died Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at Hurley Medical Center with his family by his side. In accordance with Michael’s wishes, cremation took place. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at Eastgate Baptist Church, 4226 E Atherton Rd, Burton, MI 48519. Memorial contributions may be directed to the St. Clair County 4-H Club. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Michael’s tribute page at martinfuneralhome.com.
Michael was born in Detroit, April 8, 1957, the son of Mr. and Mrs. William and Betty Jo (Messer) Thornhill. After graduating from high school, Michael attended trade school as a journeyman. He worked at Hercules Tool and Die for many years. Michael met and married the love of his life, Susan Marks, on June 16, 1979, at St. Angela’s Church in Roseville. Michael was a deacon and active member of Columbus Baptist Church for many years. Michael has dedicated his life to his beloved family and his farm, caring for the many cows, ducks, chickens and other animals they own. Any animal that came across the farm was always welcome. Michael has volunteered each year to operate the 4-H camp sound system. He loved to build things and was an amazing carpenter. He built all the beds in his house as well as the kitchen cabinets. Michael also enjoyed camping all over Michigan with his family and especially his grandchildren, telling made up stories and singing made up songs. Everyone thought he was Santa Claus because he looked like him with his sparkling eyes and long white beard. He loved when all the kids in the stores or elsewhere called him Santa Claus. Michael’s grandchildren thought for many years that he was the real Santa Claus. He had a benevolent face, so much so that many strangers told him about their lives. He was a very kind and compassionate man who loved his family more than anything. Michael was an amazing cook. He hid candy all over the house for the grandkids to find. They often told him, Grandpa, you can’t hide candy from us. We always find it. He will be greatly missed.
Left to cherish Michael’s memory is his beloved wife of 42 years, Susan Thornhill; children, Michelle and her husband, Zachary Theodore, Michael and his wife, Kandace Thornhill, II; grandchildren, Michael III, Lillian; siblings, Richard and his wife, Roberta Thornhill, Jim Thornhill, Paul and his wife, Lenora Thornhill; several nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Michael was predeceased by his parents and his sister-in-law, Faye Thornhill.
Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Michael’s tribute page at martinfuneralhome.com