In Memory

Mike Wyse

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05/12/19 10:46 PM #1    

John Franklin

Went to grade school with Mike and his siblings.  Mike was of small stature but always capable of carrying his own.  Looking back, Mike's family was not of means, but you know, that didnt't make any difference as it does today.  Most of us were from parents of the depression and WW2 veterans that had nothing and struggled to make things meet.  In our early years, it was not a factor of our social status.

I always called Mike "friend", even though we had less contact in our later school years.  Regrets and sadness when I learned of his premature passing many years ago, 

05/28/19 05:19 PM #2    

Karen Wheeler (Taylor)

Hi friends: 

I asked Michelle Wyse (Mike’s daughter) if she would like to share any words on this memory site.  She just said that she misses her dad very much and wishes he could have lived to meet his grandson (Curtis Michael) and grand-daughter (Joyce). 

I am glad that I could call Mike a friend since 1st grade.  He was force to be reckoned with even then.   We picked beans together, grew as friends in high school while we both participated in wrestling meets.  He as a national class wrestler & I just helped with statistics.  We stayed friends until the late 70’s when I moved to California.  It was a sad day when I got the call from his family saying he has passed in a car accident.  Returning home for the funeral I was glad to be able to spend time with his family as we remembered all the good times. 

I think it can be said that this quote matched his life. 

“Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile.”

08/17/19 05:34 PM #3    

Jeffrey Sharp

Mike was a real life "James Dean", "Rebel Without a Cause: and I am surprised he lived as long as he did. I remember that I had to earn his respect at Western View by winning some fistfights he enthusiastically .watched and he was of course probably the best pound for pound wrestler for his age in Oregon perhaps due to his sheer determination and heart. I know he had a lot of family problems as did his friend Mike Duffy also a big fight fan who died very young.  For the record I liked both these guys who seemed to accept the fact that they were doomed yet not without a fight. They should have both been in the movies as they were the real thing. Jeffrey Sharp

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