On September 26, 2023, surrounded by his beloved family, Michael Atchison Bolin peacefully passed away, leaving a void in the world. Michael’s life was marked by unwavering courage in his battle against cancer, a testament to his indomitable spirit. His legacy will forever reside in the hearts and minds of those fortunate enough to have known him, a living tribute to the power of love, humor, and resilience.
Born on March 29, 1966, to Vae and Ellen Atchison, Michael’s destiny was clear from the start: to bring joy to those around him. His deepest happiness was found in the time spent with his children.
Yet Michael’s zest for life transcended his family circle. Known for his infectious smile and playful, sometimes delightfully silly, personality, he was legendary for his dance moves, often sparking evenings filled with laughter and unforgettable moments. Michael possessed a unique gift for making everyone feel cherished, loved, and valued.
Not only was Michael an exceptional father, but he was also a gifted artist. His passion for creative expression thrived as he crafted with his children, inspiring a love for creativity that will flourish for generations. His artistic flair extended to his relationships, where he was not only a devoted brother but also a loyal friend.
Michael’s memory lives on through his cherished children – Chloe, Kellis, Allie, Felicity, Devin, and Raelynn – each carrying a piece of his loving spirit. His siblings – Dale, Carol, Cindy, Jerry, Sandy, Jim, and Scott – continue to share stories of laughter and camaraderie that defined their family.
Niece Melissa Bushendorf held a special bond with Michael, treasuring their time together, and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews will fondly remember Uncle Michael’s warm embrace and playful spirit. He leaves behind a wide network of cousins, all of whom will deeply miss him.
In addition to his family, Michael had a vast circle of friends, among them Brenda, Kassie, Lisa, Jill, and Liz, who were among his closest confidants. Michael’s ability to connect with people from all walks of life was one of his most remarkable qualities.
To all those who shared in his life, whether named or not, Michael’s impact is immeasurable, and his absence will be profoundly felt.
Michael’s journey was marked by both joy and sorrow. He now joins his loving husband, Jerry Poppe, in the afterlife. His parents, Vae and Ellen, as well as his step-father, Jerry Sockness, eagerly await their reunion with him.
In eternal peace, Michael is reunited with his sisters, Barb, Annie Cat, and Susie, as well as his brothers, Doug, Mark, and Gary, leaving their cherished memories to live on in the hearts of those who loved them.
The family expresses their heartfelt gratitude to the Mayo Health Care System for their unwavering support during Michael’s battle with cancer. The compassionate care provided by the medical professionals offered solace during challenging times. Special thanks are also extended to Matt Thompson of The Celebration of Life Center and Chippewa Valley Cremation Center for their guidance and assistance throughout this trying period.
Details for a celebration of Michael Atchison Bolin’s remarkable life will be announced in due course. As friends and family come together to pay tribute to the man who left an indelible mark on their lives, it will undoubtedly be a time of reflection, laughter, and shared memories.
In his passing, Michael leaves behind a legacy of love, humor, and unwavering friendship. He showed us that a smile, a dance, and a heart full of love can illuminate the world even in the face of adversity. Although he may no longer be visible to our eyes, we will forever cherish the memories of him.