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Condolence From: Todd Szalka, MHSBCA
Condolence: On behalf of the entire Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association, we offer our condolences to the Bess Family. If there was one thing you could count on at the MHSBCA Clinic or the East-West All-Star Game Banquet it was that Mike Bess would be in attendance. His love for the game was obvious and will be sorely missed. I'm sure Mike has already joined the coaching fraternity above.
Thursday November 08, 2018
Condolence From: Jim Demarest
Condolence: I am sure you are in a place now where you will win every argument (not that you didn't try before) and will be the chief arbiter on any issues revolving around baseball. Thanks for your friendship Mike. And last of all I am going to say something rarely heard from me; "GO BLUE"; waive the colors proudly my friend.
Tuesday November 06, 2018
Condolence From: Mona Stanley
Condolence: So, so many memories of Mike and the Bess family. Mike’s famous cheesecake, Doris’s delicious pizza, and the many nights of playing cards and games. Mikes accomplishments will be long lasting in the Battle Creek area. So many friends made over the years and his dedication to the athletes in the Battle Creek area. God bless Mike and the Bess family💕
Monday November 05, 2018
Condolence From: Renee Mielke
Condolence: Angie, Kathy and the entire Bess family, I am so sorry for your loss. God's peace to you all during this time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Monday November 05, 2018
Condolence From: Sharon Powell
Condolence: So sorry for your loss. I remember Mike from when he was a coach at KCC. Always nice and funny. Prayers for coming days
Monday November 05, 2018
Condolence From: Sherri Fedewa
Condolence: My heart aches finding out that Mike has passed. Mike and Colleen were truly soul mates. I’ll always remember the time they met when Colleen told me she had to learn the game of football as Mike was a true Michigan fan which I knew then that he was the one! I’ll always treasure the friendship we had and his memory will live on in my heart. RIP friend.
Monday November 05, 2018
Condolence From: W. J.
Condolence: To the Family:
Very sorry for your loss. May you find comfort, strength and hope in the promises found at Isaiah 33:24 and Acts 24:15. We long to see their fulfillment soon.
Monday November 05, 2018
Condolence From: Kenny Higgins
Condolence: I was stunned and saddened to hear of Mike’s passing. Mike was a great friend and mentor as coach of the Village Inn summer baseball teams way back in the summers of 1981 and 1982. My teammates and I loved playing for Mike and those two summers created indelible memories - what could be better than playing baseball for 5 or 6 days a week with a terrific coach and a great group of guys? Mike had a true love for the game and that rubbed off on all of us.

Mike always made a point of looking me up at Michigan tailgates in Ann Arbor and I will greatly miss the chance to catch up with him each fall.

Please accept my condolences and best wishes.
Sunday November 04, 2018
Condolence From: John Cleveland
Condolence: I’m so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. My thoughts and prayers to his entire family. While I haven’t seen Mike in many years, I have found memories of growing up with Mike in Post Addition and many baseball and football games played in his parent’s side yard and often in the street. Mike was passionate about baseball at an early age. We spent hours studying and trading baseball cards. He had a remarkable memory for player’s stats. Rest In Peace Michael, it was an honor knowing you.
Sunday November 04, 2018
Condolence From: Pam Hodge
Condolence: I knew Mike in school. Always such a nice guy! Rest- in-Peace Mike
Sunday November 04, 2018
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