Michael L. Loetz Jr.

Michael L. Loetz Jr.

Feb 1st, 1970 - May 14th, 2021

CANASTOTA- Michael L. Loetz Jr., 51, of Jaquin Road, lost his battle with PTSD, after many years of suffering, on May 14, 2021.
Born in North Charleston, South Carolina on February 1, 1970, Michael was the son of Michael L. and Dorothy Burbage Loetz Sr. A resident of Canastota since 2012, after retiring from the United States Army, Michael was a graduate of R. B. Stall High School in South Carolina. He married his partner of twenty-two years, Jeffrey Mitchell, in Canastota on December 21, 2016.
Michael proudly served with the United States Army for twenty-four years before retiring. Michael was a combat veteran with the 173rd Brigade and the 82nd Airborne Division, serving four tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He earned three bronze stars and one silver star. Michael was tasked with running supplies and servicing the outposts with ammunition, fuel and food and was ambushed twice in his Humvee and hit with an IED. After the incident, an intense gunfight ensued.
He was a happy-go-lucky person who was always the life of the party. Michael cared deeply for his family and friends and his military brothers. He loved his lake house that he built with his husband and their home in Mexico. Michael enjoyed traveling and trying new and exotic foods with his chef husband. At his home, Michael enjoyed gardening and took great care of his flowers, especially his hydrangeas.
He was a member of the Canastota American Legion, Post 140 and the Order of the Owls, Oneida Nest 1606. Michael was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving besides his husband Jeffrey is his father, Michael L. (LaDonna) Loetz Sr. of Colesburg, IA; sisters, Sherry Zimmerman of North Charleston, SC and Tammy (Gene) Lewis of Moncks Corner, SC; brothers, Tony Shelton of North Charleston, SC and Glen Shelton of FL; mother-in-law, Jeanne (Prescott Blucher) Mitchell of Canastota; father-in-law, with whom he was inseparable, Donald Mitchell Sr. of Canastota; numerous nieces and nephews; several cousins and his faithful and beloved canine companion and service dog, Lucy. He was predeceased by a brother, Jerry Shelton.
Funeral services will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, May 22, 2021 from the Campbell-Dean Funeral Home, Inc., 300 South Peterboro Street, Canastota, where full military honors will be accorded to him. Interment will take place at a later date in St. Agatha’s Cemetery. Friends and family may call at the funeral home on Saturday, from 10am-12pm, prior to the funeral service. Contributions may be made to Certified Canine Services, 8166 NY 3, Pulaski, NY 13142. To leave a message of condolence, please visit, www.campbell-dean.com.


Tammy Mosher
May 17th, 2021 2:50 pm
My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. I loved visiting with the both of you and he will truly be missed. You are in my prayers.
Garry Fox
May 17th, 2021 8:09 pm
Mike was the nicest gentleman .I loved his smile and his laugh..He also made this world a better place. Mike will missed greatly..RIP My friend.
Nancy and craig cesario
May 17th, 2021 8:28 pm
Rip u special friend and cousin you were one of a kind and will be missed dearly and already miss you so very much!!fly high with the angels
Doug Lewis
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May 17th, 2021 8:38 pm
My condolences to Jeffrey and Michael's family. I am so sorry for your loss and sending major hugs to all of you.
Donald Muellerl
May 17th, 2021 9:21 pm
Jeff,with heavy heart I just read about Michael. Kathy and I send our prayers and condolences. We hope you get thru this with the gracious person that you are. Keep in touch please and for sure I will share this obit.
Michael& Jenny Ratigan
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May 17th, 2021 9:31 pm
We are so sorry to hear of Michael’s passing . Our prayers are with you. I so enjoyed the pictures of you Jeffery and Michael and your dad. It looked like his lasts months you and your dad made his life happy as you could . Bless you all. ❤️
Nancy Wheeler
May 17th, 2021 9:58 pm
My thoughts and prayers are with family and friends. I met Michael a few times at family reunions but quickly realized how special he was. He was so warm and friendly when we met. So very sorry for your loss.
May 17th, 2021 10:06 pm
It was my pleasure to know Michael through his husband and my friend Jeffrey. Michael was a kind and gracious man with whom I felt a deep empathy and understanding of his pain. It was with extreme sadness that I leaned of his passing and I extend my heartfelt condolences to his family and friends for their loss.
May 18th, 2021 4:46 am
Michael was such a beautiful person. He will be missed. Rest In Peace my friend.
Bessie Smith / Smokey
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May 18th, 2021 5:16 am
All my love and prayers for

All my love for Jr.'s family and friends. May God bless each and everyone.

Gene &Tammie Lewis
May 18th, 2021 9:09 am
You had an amazing life and we were blessed to be a part of it ! Jeffrey, may God give you strength during this time. Michael would want you to be happy. Much love!
Bernadette Palumbo
May 18th, 2021 9:38 am
Dearest Tammie,
Your brother was and is a true hero. Heartfelt condolences to you and the entire family on the loss of your dear brother.
Kimberly Brock Brown
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May 18th, 2021 9:43 am
My prayers for faith, strength and peace are with you today. He will always be with you. God bless his soul and your spirit.
Rachael Georgas
May 18th, 2021 9:48 am
My heart absolutely breaks. If he is anything like his sister, Tammie I know he was a good soul. What a true hero and I am so thankful for his heart of service and being a military service member. My prayers to his entire family.
Lisa Magistro
May 18th, 2021 1:18 pm
It was my pleasure to know michael and his husband jeffrey and an even greater honor to have been invited to celebrate their marriage with them a day I will never forget. My deapest condolences go out to all who knew and loved mike. Fly high my friend
Doug Hefner
May 18th, 2021 7:07 pm
I wish to extend my deepest condolences to Michel's family and friends. I mourn deeply with you.
Michael was my friend since childhood We grew up across the street from each other. We hung out constantly when I returned from the US Army. We lost touch again after he joined the Army, but reconnected after he came back home after he retired.
Long before Michael saved any lives overseas he saved mine. I won't go into the details, but I am here today because of Michael.
Michael loved with a big heart and often at his own expense.
I really am going to miss you my friend.
Lori Mosher Kreizinger
May 19th, 2021 7:40 am
Jeff, I am so very sorry for the loss of Michael. He was a real hero who served his country well. My sincere condolences to you and your family. God Bless....
Amanda Bush
May 19th, 2021 9:31 am
Tammie and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. After reading about Michael, it's clear he was a wonderful human being and a true hero. I'm grateful for his service to our country and praying for peace and comfort for all those he left behind.
Joe & Tina
May 19th, 2021 6:26 pm
Joe & I are so sorry for your loss & hope Michael is in a peaceful place...Such a light as bright as his will never be forgotten - Michael’s spirit will live on. So glad we got to meet him & enjoy his wonderful sense of humor
Brian Greul
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May 20th, 2021 2:35 pm
I met Michael in 1990 in Alaska when both of us were serving in the Army. We had some wild adventures together and he stayed in while I got out of the Army. I've stayed in touch throughout the years and am saddened by his passing. He was one of my core friends who I could count on to talk about anything. I miss his voice and sense of humor. He adored his husband Jeff and his dog Lucy, both of whom are in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that he is in a better place free from the mental and physical pains that 24 years of military service left him with.
Jack and Mark
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May 23rd, 2021 10:38 am
Our most sincere condolences go out to Jeff and both families. We will always treasure our time spent with Jeff and Michael In Puerto Vallarta and St. John. Michael you will be missed . R.I.P my friend.
John A. Venturo, CEC, AAC
May 23rd, 2021 4:39 pm
Heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
Sending healing prayers to you….
Robert Miller
May 26th, 2021 7:46 am
I am still in shock. I haven't seen Michael in nearly 25 years but can still remember his sweet disposition and absolutely kind heart. I am so sorry for your incredible loss and I wish you good memories to go with the tears.

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