IRVINE, Calif.’Michael William Cecil, 66, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, January 17, 2013. He succumbed to pneumonia complicated by his long courageous battle with ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Michael was born on November 26, 1946 in Ames, Iowa, to Dr. J.J. Cecil’deceased’and Maxine (Meckes) Cecil. He graduated from Armstrong High School in Armstrong, Iowa, in 1964, and served in the U.S. Army from 1967-69.
Following his military service, Michael moved to Southern California and attended California State University, Fullerton, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting/finance. He worked as a loan agent/mortgage broker in the banking industry, and later started his own business.
He met Ginny in the early 1990s. The couple married on November 4, 1991 and resided in Irvine, California. In 1995, their son, Ryan Michael, was born.
Michael had an adventurous spirit and thoroughly enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. and internationally. He had a Midwest easiness and friendliness about him. Michael never net a stranger. He would do anything for anyone, whether it was simply to talk or lend a hand, he was always willing to help. In the face of fighting such a difficult battle, Michael maintained his sense of humor and well-worn jokes. He will forever be in our hearts and thoughts.
He is survived by his devoted and loving wife, son, mother and three siblings’older brother James R. Cecil and younger sisters Claudia (Cecil) Doty and Debra (Cecil) Michels’along with numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
A public viewing will take place on Sunday, January 27, 2013, 2:00-4:00 p.m., at O’Connor Mortuary, 25301 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Hills, CA 92653. A private cemetery service with immediate family will be held on Monday, January 28, at Riverside National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Michael’s name to the ALS Association, 1275 K Street NW, Suite 1050, Washington, DC 20005. Condolences for the family may be offered online at https://www.oconnormortuary.com/obituaries.