In Memory

Michael Lee Sanford

Michael Lee Sanford

      Michael Lee Sanford

Mike passed away on January 24, 2023 in Battle Creek, Michigan. He was a native of Battle Creek and lived in the Battle Creek area most of his life. Mike served his country in the U.S. Army and was a proud veteran of the Vietnam War. He was retired and had worked at II Stanley, a Battle Creek company that manufactures automotive lighting products. Mike enjoyed music, old movies, the Detroit Tigers and garage sales. Survivors included his daughter, Nicole (Scott) Taylor, granddaughter, Alexis (Cody) Whitfield, grandson, Jayden Taylor and great grandson, Carter Whitfield. He was preceded in death by both of his parents and his brother, Thomas Sanford.

Information from Richard A. Henry Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Battle Creek, Michigan online on January 26, 2023 and Mike’s facebook page

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01/31/23 08:14 PM #1    

James Wilcox

my condolences to Mike's family and relatives

02/01/23 08:41 AM #2    

John Burrill

So sorry to hear of Mike passing. Condolences to the family.

02/02/23 10:22 AM #3    

Carole Terry (Morgan)

My heartfelt condolences to Mikes family.  I am so fortunate that we stayed in touch over the years.  God Speed my friend.  

02/02/23 11:47 AM #4    

Thomas Lusk

Sorry to hear of Mike's passing.  My condolences to his family and close friends.  Knew Mike through BCCHS and stayed in touch on FB.  PROUD Veteran served his country well in Vietnam.  So long Mike and May God rest your soul and give you peace.


02/03/23 12:55 AM #5    

Ken Long

I never new Mike Sanford.I am sorry for our Bearcat loss.

02/03/23 11:02 AM #6    

Linda Beers (Aydlott)

I didn't personally know Michael.  His photo shows a man with a zest and wholeness for life.  My thoughts go out to his family and all his friends.  May Mike continue to dance in green fields and a warm sun in Peace and knowing he lived a good life and was loved by many.  •-:¦:-•~PeA☾eFuL~♡~BLΣSSIИGS☾★ª''*:•-:¦:-

02/04/23 03:58 PM #7    

Michael King

Mike was a fellow drummer in Central's bands. First met at Southeastern in the band there. Lost touch but for Facebook and we communicated through that. Hadn't heard from him for awhile so suspected the inevitable. He revered his veteran status and we related through that. Prayers lifted for his family. 

02/05/23 02:29 PM #8    

Terry Bond

I remember Mike well from our Marching Band days. When I visited Battle Creekduring our 50th Reunion, i lingered by the fence around the stadium.;  Memories of us marching in for a football game came flooding back.  It was an absolute thrill to assemble at the old band building, then march to the stadium.  The crowds could hear us coming in from a distance and you could just feel the crescendo of excitement.  These are things we'll never forget about being a Beatcat.  As one of our drummers, Mike was a major contribnutor to those great times.  He marched along with Bob Knox, another Bearcar drummer who recently passed away.  RIP Bearcats.


02/15/23 02:52 PM #9    

William Hubbart

I am so sorry to hear this news, Mike and I go back a ways, in Band together, and all those memories, Mike was a happy guy, I got together with him before he moved and had breakfast at the pancake house, and you talk about reunions, those were some crazy band days for sure. Mike was a good friend, I remember his father taking up to a Detroit Tiger game, my first time ever! Rest in Peace Mike, tell Bob I said Hi, I know he's at peace!.


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