5018 Alpine Avenue
Comstock Park, MI 49321
Phone: 616-785-3863
Fax: 616-785-5251
Michael Babka

Michael "Mike" Babka Jr.

July 28, 1956 - February 23, 2019
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BABKA – Michael Dennis Babka, Jr., age 62, of Comstock Park, passed away on Saturday, February 23, 2019, after a year-long battle with a brain tumor. He is preceded in death by his sister, Jeanne Hollerbach. Mike is survived by the love of his life of 40 years, Grace DiBenedetto; parents, Mike and Barbara Babka; sister, Bonnie Sawinski; brother, Tim (Tonya) Babka; brother-in-law, David Hollerbach; goddaughter and cousin, Julie (Edward) Burton; nephews, Eric, Nick and Matt (Andrea); niece, Lindsey; grandnephews, Ryder and Knox; grandniece Kendall; many cousins and many friends he considered family. Mike and his lifelong partner Grace owned and operated Mike's Cycle Station for 37 years. His passion for motorcycles began in the mid 70's working as a mechanic for Wilson's Harley Davidson, and raced both flat track and TT, along with ice racing in the pro ranks. He gave up racing in the late 70's in order to open up his own repair shop, and by 1982 he had a successful business on West River Drive in Comstock Park. After a few moves, Mike's Cycle Station settled in its current location on Alpine Avenue. Mike returned to racing in 1989 and for the next few years won many state and national championships. Mike was a long time member of the prestigious Dilly Wacker Motorcycle Club, and he never in 35 years missed the yearly trip up north with them. He made many great memories trail riding with his friends and every year lead a small group to trail ride in the mountains of Colorado. Mike and his family would like to thank all of his caregivers at Spectrum Health and Mary Free Bed for helping him through his last year. The family will receive family and friends at the Beuschel Funeral Home, 5018 Alpine Avenue, Comstock Park, on Sunday, March 3, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., with a time of sharing at 3:30 p.m. In memory of Mike, please consider memorial contributions to Mary Free Bed or Alpine Township Fire Department Association.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    March 3, 2019 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    When
    March 3, 2019 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Location
    Beuschel Funeral Home
    Address
    5018 Alpine Avenue
    COMSTOCK PARK, MI
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  • Service

    March 3, 2019 | 3:30pm
    When
    March 3, 2019 3:30pm
    Location
    Beuschel Funeral Home
    Address
    5018 Alpine Avenue
    COMSTOCK PARK, MI
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  • Interment

    Location
    Plainfield Township Cemetery
    Address
    6205 Packer Drive
    BELMONT, MI
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  • Reception

    Location
    Beuschel Funeral Home
    Address
    5018 Alpine Avenue
    COMSTOCK PARK, MI
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Mike & Judy Rusche

Posted at 08:50am
In memory of Mike Babka
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james kimball

Posted at 10:48am
Grace I am very sorry for your loss... I wish I could have made in on March 3rd, but have had a difficult struggle with the flu. I sent some flowers in hope that you know I was thinking of you. Mike was an awesome man. I wish that I had gotten to know him when we were both much younger. God Bless, Jim (WPS) and family
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Beth Maddox

Posted at 10:44am
RIP Mike... Keeping you all close to heart as you take this journey. "When in doubt, power it out!" Phil & Beth Maddox
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John & Jan Ellis

Posted at 07:06am
Mike was always so fun and loved to ride those Motorcycles. I was fortunate enough to been able to take many adventures with Mike . Jan and I will not be able to attend Mikes visitation , as we are in Florida, but we have him in our prayers and thoughts. God Speed Mike .
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Susan Keogh and Katrina Wanke

Posted at 08:57pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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