Michael Paul Schermann, "Grampa Mike," was born in Detroit, Mich., on Oct. 20, 1954, and died Jan. 3, 2012, in Colorado Springs of heart disease.
He is survived by his loving wife, Eileen Goodwin Schermann; children, Michael Paul (Sarah) Schermann II, Jerry (Jamie) Honaker, Jaylene (Shawn) Bennett, Manzanita and Seth DeAlba; grandchildren, Vanessa, Samantha and Eathen Schermann; Hayleigh, Noah, Abby, Reagan and Natalie Honaker; and Dylan, Quentin, Emily, Michael and Naomie Bennett.
He is also survived by brothers Gil Schermann, Bob Schermann, Danny Johnson, and Mickey (Michele) Johnson; sisters Teri Goodall, Marjorie Rose, Diane Schermann, Jeanette Schermann (Bernie Arneson), Julie (Tommy) Willis and Judy (Joel) Allard; and a plethora of nieces, nephews, extended family, chosen family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Tisha Dee Schermann, brother Tommy Johnson, his parents, Gib Schermann and Theresamary Johnson, and his grandparents.
Mike Schermann was said to be an excellent mechanic, a proficient auto-body repairman, carpenter, plumber and electrician, and he could fix almost anything. He managed an auto-salvage yard and rang a bell during the holidays for the Salvation Army for the last two seasons. He was a hard worker and enjoyed his jobs.
Schermann's life spanned from Michigan to Minnesota to California to Idaho to South Dakota and to Colorado. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved the mountains.
Schermann was said to be a surly old bridge troll with a zest for life and a determination to have fun. He touched many lives with his joy of life and loved to go to festivals and celebrations. He was known as the grumpy old curmudgeon within the congregation at St. George's Episcopal Church in Leadville. He was currently an active member of St. Raphael's Parish.
Schermann will be remembered for his love of life, and his witty and sometimes odd sense of humor. It is said he will be sadly missed.