March 12, 1957 -- Jan. 30, 2009
CAMBRIDGE -- Michael Allen Gufford passed away on Jan. 30, 2009, at University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., surrounded by his family and friends.
Michael was born on March 12, 1957, at March Air Force Base, Riverside, Calif., the son of Charles and Joan Gufford. He was the younger of two brothers born to the couple.
On Sept. 25, 1976, he married Lori Jean Meyers. From their marriage was born three boys, Christopher M. Gufford, Justin S. Gufford and Brandon T. Gufford, all currently residing in Omaha.
Michael also was proud to have three girls he considered his daughters, Tara L. Gufford (wife of Christopher), Brandi L. Gufford (wife of Justin) and Kelly M. Gufford (wife of Brandon).
Michael was preceded in death by his mother, Joan Gufford, his paternal and maternal grandparents and his father-in-law, Victor Meyers.
Shortly before marriage, Michael and Lori built their first home in Cambridge, the first of many homes and dreams he would build for his family and others. Michael passed his skills, knowledge, and values on to all three of his boys as they grew up building homes by his side.
After successfully sending his sons off to college, Michael continued to work building custom cabinetry and millworks under the roof of a workshop they built together. As a true craftsman, his labors were born of love and his work radiated everything that he stood for; hard work, honesty, integrity, and an unyielding devotion to his family and those he held close.
Michael was fortunate to live out his dreams with a woman possessing the same values, strength, and indefinable way of putting others first. When not spending time at home, Michael and Lori took every opportunity to travel to Omaha to see their three boys, using "hospital appointments" as justification.
He truly lived life to the fullest; laughing, enjoying, and loving his family. While others contemplated "why," he preferred the adventure in "why not?"
Please join us in celebrating Michael's life at the Trinity United Methodist Church, Cambridge 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009. Father Robert Barnhill will officiate. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Cambridge.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in Mike's name and memorials may be left at the Lockenour-Jones Mortuary in Cambridge in his name.
Lockenour-Jones Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.