Michael Eugene Medvec passed away from a recent illness on August 21, 2019. He was born on May 22, 1955 in Detroit, Michigan of parents Eugene Medvec (Satellite Beach, FL) and Lorraine Medvec (deceased). Michael grew up in Detroit and moved with his parents to Livonia, MI graduating from Stevenson High School in 1973. Michael attended the University of Michigan College of Engineering where he earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. A life long Wolverine, Mike also attended University of Michigan, Dearborn where he completed a Masters of Business Administration. Michael is survived by his wife Barbara (Ruppal) and sons Evan Michael and Tyler Daniel and by his father Eugene Medvec and sister Kathleen Padalino (Bob) and nephews Dave Padalino (Catie, Maria, Tommy & Jenna) and Brian Padalino.
As an electrical engineer in a variety of progressive leadership and executive positions at the Ford Motor Company where he also had the opportunity for travel assignments to Denver, CO, Toronto, Canada, England, Mexico, China, and Australia. Michael’s career continued with leadership roles in Visteon Electronics where he was in charge of a variety of national and international acquisitions and manufacturing operations. Leaving Visteon he developed and supported a series of innovation opportunities through Ann Arbor SPARK including serving as CEO in residence for start up companies through MSU Spartan Innovation in Lansing, MI. Mike finished his career as the engineering director for Pacific Insight, British Columbia, CA.
Mike loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, his farm in Jackson, MI, the Lake Huron cottage, his beloved and sometimes hated Watermelon Time Searay boat and the family dogs Decar (dc), Digger (dc), Scouty (dc), Milo and Huxley.
For seven years Mike provided leadership to Boy Scout Troop 416, in Saline, Michigan supporting many young men to experience scouting and to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. He attended local and national scouting events, providing leadership in fundraising and finance to the BSA at District and State levels and most important to Mike participating and supporting both Evan and Tyler as they achieved their Eagle Scout recognition.
Mike will be missed for many things but most for his quiet, calm, kind manner, his gentle and direct leadership and his ability to problem solve in a positive and supportive approach to everyone who was willing to ask a question, or ask for his help or support. Mike was a long time member of Christ Our King Lutheran Church in Saline, MI where he enjoyed Sunday services, Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study.
Visitation will be held Monday, August 26, 2019 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at the Nie Funeral Home, 3767 W. Liberty Rd., Ann Arbor. Additional visitation Tuesday, August 27, 2019 from 10:00 am until time of funeral service at 11:00 am at Christ our King Lutheran Church, 3255 Saline Waterworks Rd, Saline. memorial contributions may be directed to Christ Our King Lutheran - Pavilion Maintenance Fund or Boy Scout Troop 416 - Summer Camp Scholarship Fund. Please share a memory of Mike at www.niefuneralhomes.com