Michael W. Chen

Born: Sun., Nov. 18, 1951
Died: Fri., Jul. 29, 2016

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Michael W. Chen, PhD

Born November 18, 1951 – Died July 29, 2016

Son of Wen Chao and Lilia Chen. Married 35 years to Monica R. Clarke Chen of Allentown, PA.  Received advanced degrees in Chemistry from Michigan State University and the University of Wisconsin of Madison.  Employed by Union Carbide Corporation in the chemicals and plastics industry for over 20 years. During this time Michael was active in catalyst, process and product technology research and development.  Later in his career he transitioned into commercial management, focused on the development of international joint ventures, global process re-engineering, and organizational/executive leadership development.  Michael completed his working career with Roquette America in commercial and technical food sales and in the business development of ecologically friendly “green” products in the coatings and adhesives industry. Michael was an avid aviation supporter and was involved in the restoration of a B-17E “Flying Fortress” as part of the Kellner Restoration group in Marengo, IL.

He is preceded in death by his father, Wen Chao Chen.  He is survived by his mother, Lilia Chen of Kalamazoo, MI; wife, Monica of St. Charles, IL; daughters Alice and Megan of Oakland, CA and Falls Church, VA; and brother, sister-in-law, and nephew, Philip, Janet, and Dylan Chen of Ann Arbor, MI.

Per his request, a memorial service will be held for Michael in spring 2017 in Kalamazoo, MI.  Those interested in sending flowers or making donations are requested to make a contribution to the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music, P.O. Box 50566, Kalamazoo, MI 49005.

Arrangements handled by Malone Funeral Home, 630-232-8233.

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Jeanne Garzi
   Posted Wed August 03, 2016
Nikki, Alice and Megan, we were so saddened and shocked to learn of Mike's passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers and hope that you can find comfort in the memories you have of Mike. We remember him always smiling and are glad to have known him. The Garzi Family

Karen Giuffre
   Posted Wed August 03, 2016
My friend, You will be so missed.

Mary Clarke Alverson
   Posted Wed August 03, 2016
Dear Niki, Alice, and Megan, We share in your sorrow and grief as we will miss Mike terribly. He was a fantastic 'cousin', and we loved him dearly. We send our love to you and our deepest sympathies.

Christy Salisbury Social Worker at Friendship Village
   Posted Thu August 04, 2016
Your family at Friendship Village wish to express our sympathy to you and your family on the loss of Michael. We are saddened by his passing. Knowing how much the staff enjoyed his smile, laughter, the way he cared for his mother Lilia and how he always remembered to bring the staff a treat whenever you were in the building!!!
He will be sadly missed by us all. He, as well as you, know we will continue to take good care of Lilia.

Laurie Probst
   Posted Thu August 04, 2016
The Tri Motor crew was not the same this year at AirVenture without Mike. He was always like a big teddy bear, eager to help, always smiling and helping to bring joy to those with whom he volunteered, as well as the many passengers. We will miss him, for he was a part of our aviation "family," and while we may see each other only once per year, we look forward to reconnecting. Please know that his TriMotor family missed him very much.

Edward Hsi
   Posted Sun August 07, 2016
Mike was an old friend and long time colleague from the old days at Union Carbide Bound Brook Research and Development Laboratory. We were members of the same Bridgewater carpool which began with 6 charta members before it dwindled to just Mike and I. I have known him for almost 40 years. We had shared uncounted number of lunches and numerous family dinners highlighted by pilgrimages to New York Chinatown. He was always the big guy with a giant smile. He will by sorely missed by his legion of friends and his loving family.

Ed and Bennie Crouse
   Posted Sun August 14, 2016
We all missed Mike this year at Air Venture! We had the pleasure of volunteering with Mike for several years working along side the entire Ford Tri-Motor Gang! We will always remember Mike's big smile and sweet personality! We never expected that our time together last Oshkosh would be our last! So thankful that we have a great picture with him as we enjoyed lunch together after our shift. God Bless all of his family with love, peace and many fond memories!
Bennie Crouse😊❤️

Bill Herdle
   Posted Thu May 04, 2017
Learning of Mike's death (from a UW chemistry alumni magazine) recalled for me the times Mike's travels brought him to Geneva, Switzerland, where I was stationed as an expat. He taught me the virtues of moo goo gai pan and helped me connect with home. Among our technical and recruiting interactions as colleagues at Union Carbide, I remember him especially for his kindness and good fellowship during those visits.

John Brill
   Posted Tue July 04, 2017
I was one of Mike's students in 1974-75 at Wisconsin when he was a teaching assistant in Chem Engineering. Mike was an ideal teacher - fair, friendly, not arrogant, yet with a complete mastery of the subject and ability to inspire students.
He could make the most difficult topics seem easy and fun, and always did it with a twinkle in his eye - one of the great ones! Just wanted the family to know how memorable Mike was to his students, and express sympathy for your great loss.

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