Michael Lawrence Kueffer, 67

The world has lost a real legend. It is with deepest sorrows in our hearts that we must announce Michael “Mike” Lawrence Kueffer returned to the Big Jesus of Everything on July 10, 2018. He was 67 years old. Mike was born in Chicago, Illinois to parents Geraldean “Geri” South Kueffer and Walter “Wally” Karl Kueffer on August 2, 1950. 

While considering careers from sandwich making to the priesthood, Mike’s passion was firmly rooted in music. This led to many adventures including tours all over the country. Eventually Mike decided to hang up his microphone for a suit and tie and found himself very successful in the hotel world. This was a career that took him from the mainland to Maui, then on to Oahu, Guam, and even India.

After a 2002 motorcycling accident, Mike recovered from a traumatic brain injury and eventually returned to Maui, the place he loved and called home since 1994. He never lost that rock star charm. Anyone who knew him would say that he always had a big, gorgeous smile on his face and that he would light up any room with his presence. 

Mike is survived by his mother, Geraldean Kueffer; his children: daughter Sanna Root and husband Jeff; daughter Jessica Cooney and husband David; daughter Alanna Kueffer and son Michael Kueffer;his grandchildren McKenna, Brooklyn, Danielle, Matthew, Joshua and Lily; his siblings Sue Tarantino, Jenny Seitl, Julie Sunberg, Walter Wally Kueffer II, and Jackie Kueffer-Kyrouac. Mike was preceded in death by his father, Walter Kueffer; his brother, Mitch Kueffer; and his niece, Nicole Sunberg. 

Mike lived a passionate life through his music and career, but valued family above all else. At the end of the day, he just wanted to know that everyone was okay… that everyone was happy. 

Those who wish may donate in Michael Lawrence Kueffer’s name to Feed My Sheep Maui, HI and Mayo Clinic Foundation.

Mike Kueffer’s Memorial Service will be held at The Grand Wailea on the Molokini Bluff at 6PM on Saturday, September 8, 2018. Immediately following the service there will be a reception at the Botero Lounge in the lobby of the Grand Wailea. Dress casually and come to remember a lovely man who made our lives better.

Condolences may be sent at: www.ballardfamilymortuaries.com

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