Michael L. Brewer

Michael Brewer left this world for the infinite mystery that lies beyond, Saturday, November 17, 2012. He had fought Multiple Myeloma for 15 months and passed away at home. He was born February 12, 1945, to Bert and Emogene Brewer in Effingham, Ill. They moved to the Chicago area when Michael was five. He grew up in Oak Lawn and graduated high school there in 1963.

Michael was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1965 where he was stationed at a missile base near Frankfurt, Germany. He worked for Military Intelligence in the Communication Center as a Cryptographer. After discharge, he attended Moraine Valley Community College, then transferred to Western Illinois University in 1969. Michael met his soul mate Sharon Hodgett at the university in 1970.

In 1972, after graduating with a bachelors degree in English Literature, Michael moved with Sharon to Denver, Colo. where he worked as a writer and in an art supply store. Sharon became his wife December 12, 1975. In 1979, they moved to Ashland, Ore. where he and his friends began open poetry readings, which soon after became the Poets of Ashland. In the early 1990s he helped edit and publish three volumes of Hesperides, the Ashland Poetry Journal.

Michael enjoyed walking, reading, listening to music, making bead jewelry, making and playing bamboo flutes, painting, and having spirited discussions of those taboo subjects: philosophy, religion, politics, and money! His passion, however, was poetry - reading it, writing it, and performing it. He was an extremely prolific writer and over the years, many of his poems were published in a variety of journals.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and younger brother, Steven. He is survived by his younger sister, April Warren, of Newberry, Fla.; a niece and two nephews; and his wife, Sharon.

A celebration of Michael's life will be held in early spring 2013. His bright Aquarian light will be sorely missed by all who love him.

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