Michael Bradley Cornelius, 73, entered Heaven to meet his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, December 12, 2021.

He died surrounded by his family after a brief illness.

Mike was born on May 8, 1948 in Harrisville.

He graduated from Alcona High School in 1966 and received his bachelor’s degree from Alma College in 1970.

He taught at Gogebic Community College, where he was also a ski coach. He worked at Mt. Mariah Ski Lodge, where he was part of the ski patrol. He was principal of the Greenbush Christian Academy and, later, of the Alpena Christian School. He was a real estate broker and agent, a nature photographer and well known for his Hubbard Lake history books and nature calendars.

Mike was a long-time member of the Beaver Lake Community Church and chaplain at Alcona County Jail as well as the Sunrise Mission homeless shelter. He has volunteered at the Sunrise Mission and Sunrise Center Rehab, conducting regular Bible studies. He and his wife Jeanne coordinated The Life Chain at Alpena, a silent pro-life event where people pray for an end to abortion. They were also both responsible for community Bible study. Mike’s passion was to spread the love of Jesus and to lead people to the Lord.

Mike was a very active outdoorsman, instilling a passion for hunting and fishing and a love of nature in his children, their spouses and grandchildren. He has taken his family on numerous camping trips to the backcountry of the Upper Peninsula, a tradition carried on by his stepdaughter Sarah and her family. He enjoyed canoeing and fishing with his grandchildren. He also built a log cabin in the woods of Spruce for himself and his family.

Mike passed on his love of the sport, his competitive spirit and his determination to his children and grandchildren. He has always been supportive of them, attending their sporting events whenever he could and encouraging them to do their best.

Mike loved to run and cycle. When he cycled down the Hubbard Lake Road, he said it made him feel like a boy again, passing through Spruce, where he grew up.

He played softball in a men’s league and in a religious league. He was a good hitter and a great third baseman when he played for Bar Seguin in the men’s league.

He coached cross country at Alpena High School, when his daughter Darby was racing there. He has also competed in numerous races including the Detroit Marathon and countless 5K races in the area over the years.

He enjoyed playing basketball with his son Clay and daughter Kyla, and he coached many recreational teams. He enjoyed playing golf with Clay and his sons-in-law. He also liked to play table tennis with his children.

He hunted with his parents and brother when he was young, and continued this tradition with his step-sons Chris and David, daughter Kyla and son-in-law Lenny, and grandson Mason.

Mike was nicknamed “Corny” in college, partly because of his last name and partly because he was the king of cheesy jokes, now known as “Dad Jokes”. His sense of humor and genuine love for people will live on, continuing to bring a smile to those who are here on Earth.

He was predeceased by his mother, Iva Cornelius, his father, Maurice Cornelius, and his brother, Thomas Cornelius.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 30 years, Jeanne Cornelius; three children, Clay (Danielle) Cornelius, Darby (Justin) Hinkley and Kyla (Lenny) Avery; three stepchildren, Sarah (Andrew) Benson, Christopher (Nicky) Ratliff and David (Sarah) Ratliff; his first wife, Pat Cornelius; and his stepmother, Donna Cornelius.

He is also survived by 13 grandchildren: Mason Hinkley; Abigail, Jaël, Jordan and Jerusalem Corneille; Juliana and Brielle Avery; Harvey, August and Rosemary Benson; Maximus and Maverick Ratliff; and Lillian Ratliff.

Mike would often say: “I’m on the road to GLORY! Now he’s in Heaven, and he hopes to see you all there. He wants us all to trust Jesus, “the way, the truth, and the life.”

“Do not worry about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4: 6-7

Visitations will be on Monday, December 20, 2021 at Bannan Funeral Home from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will continue Tuesday at Beaver Lake Community Church from 10 a.m. until the funeral service at 11 a.m. with Pastor Daniel Williams and the Pastor Gary Smith officiating.

Interment: Caledonia Township Cemetery

Memorials: Beaver Lake Community Church or Sunrise Mission

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