Michael “MooGoo” Northrup

Age 70, was born July 21, 1950, in Lansing, MI, to Richard and Edith Northrup, and passed away March 19, 2021. He is fondly remembered by his family. MooGoo was a beloved nickname his siblings forced upon him early on. It proved to be just one of the many reasons his family adored him.

His laughter whether with you or at you, always brought his feisty spirit alive. His love for baseball and all things Tigers endured many of seasons. He genuinely enjoyed coaching Little League. Whether he was calling to tell you the latest score, or was craving pumpkin pie, he always checked in with his family.

The youngest brother out of six siblings, he admired and remained extremely close with his older brother Guil who preceded him in death this past January. His heart longed for his brother and we celebrate the reunion of such brotherly love, today.

MooGoo was never shy to remind you of a flopped dinner dish, request specific treats be brought to him, or ask if you are working on losing that “holiday weight?” Yet somehow, he could deliver such transgression with a mountain of laughter and charisma. Most likely the only man a woman would allow such spirit.

He will be missed everyday by his brothers, Preston (Debi) Bown, Ron (Michelle) Bown, his sister Katie (John) Dykstra, and a slew of nieces and nephews.

 No services will be held at this time. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.

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James Pinckney
March 21, 2021 at 9:32 pm

Sorry to here of Mike’s passing

Michelle Bown
April 2, 2021 at 10:28 am

I’m going to miss sending food to him,Guil would always tell me what Moogoo wanted, mashed potatoes,creamed corn! (That’s on the weird side of the family!) Guil also would let me know that Moogoo could have a slice of pumpkin pie, I always snuck an extra slice in there for him!! His brother Ron and nephews, Ben and Jacob loved playing a game of Risk with him!! We all miss you! It gives me so much peace to know that Guil and Becky are together in heaven with their brother Moogoo!!

Sarah Moss
April 3, 2021 at 10:21 pm

That was beautiful, Aunt Michelle.

Sarah Moss
April 3, 2021 at 10:20 pm

Uncle Mike was one of the most generous and kind-spirited people I have ever had the privilege to know. One of his greatest joys was spoiling the people he loved with desserts and treats. When unexpected deliveries from Swiss Colony showed up at our doors, we knew exactly who to thank. Uncle Mike always made sure to express his appreciation no matter how small the gesture by saying, “You did a really, really good job.” I heard him express this gratitude to cashiers at the grocery store, family and friends who stopped over for lunch dates, nurses at the hospital, and I was on the receiving end of this compliment many times as well. I moved to Lansing just four short months ago and was extremely blessed to spend several days a week with Uncle Mike. We definitely made up for lost time but I so deeply wish I could have had more. He’ll always be one of my most favorite people in the world and I am so thankful God blessed me with an uncle like him.

Debby Bates
April 6, 2021 at 11:07 am

Mike was the first member of the Northrup family I met. He lived in the same apartment complex that my mom and I did. He was always very neighborly and kind never hesitating to offer a chat and a cookie if he happened to be walking out his door as I walked by his apartment. He taught Little League at the time and his love for baseball was so apparent. It was several years later that by coincidence I met Katie Northrup at a restaurant where we both worked. I asked her if she knew a Mike Northrup. She replied: “Yes! That’s my brother!” And through Katie and my friendship, I was blessed to meet the rest of the Northrup family and in turn, I considered my family. I was able to get reacquainted with Mike and because of that special connection I had with him previously, a closer friendship was able to grow. I think what I admired most about MooGoo was his genuiness. You knew that his love for you was true and pure. His heart was so loving and he was always so genuinely intrested and cared about your well being. I will so miss his friendship, his generous and loving heart, his talks, his laughter, his humor, his honesty, and his wisdom, but I take great comfort in knowing he is so happy this very moment having being reunited with his sister and
brother/best friend and the knowing I will see him again one joyous day.

Noé Hernandez
April 8, 2021 at 12:50 pm

Rest in peace, Mike. You were a caring, kind and generous baseball coach, and a good friend to every one of us on your team.


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