Michael Lyle Tjoelker
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Michael Lyle Tjoelker, aged 66, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on February 12, 2021.
He was born December 9, 1954 to late Lyla and Lawrence Tjoelker. Michael was raised on a dairy farm in Everson, Washington, attended Nooksack Valley High School, received a B.S. from Washington State University, and received an MD and MBA. He married Christina Reagan in 1981 and they raised their three daughters in Snohomish, Washington. Michael worked as a dermatologist for 35 years. He moved from private practice in Washington State to Agnesian HealthCare in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin in 2009. He touched thousands of lives and was beloved by colleagues and staff. Michael was in the U.S. Army Reserve from 2002-2010 with a final rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Michael loved spending time with his loved ones, playing guitar, attending live concerts, writing short stories, and traveling.
Michael is survived by his children Danielle, Kimberly (John), and Kelsey, his siblings Tom (Rita), Bob (Delinda), and Cindy, four nieces and nephews, his significant other Kathy, and many friends.
Family viewing will be at Gillies Funeral Home, 202 Front St., Lynden on Friday, March 5, 2021 from 12 p.m./noon to 1:30 p.m. followed by a graveside burial at Ten Mile Cemetery at 2 pm. A celebration of Mike's life will take place on July 24th, please contact the family for details. The families preference is no memorials, otherwise donations can be made to Children's International. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services.