Michael Millsap, aged 29 years old, passed away on Aug. 6, 2019, after a long battle with addiction.

Born Oct. 12, 1989, Michael was a creative, smart, clever and loving man. Mike loved music, the Twilight Series and movies. He adored his son, Tyler, beyond measure. He loved spending time with Tyler at the local skate park and fishing together at Rocky Hollow. Mike and Tyler together shared a love of tattoos. They also spent much of their time together scouting for blonde future, Mrs. Millsaps.

Michael Millsap


For years, Michael fought the battle of addiction, however, addiction won the war. To those who do not understand addiction, for those who considered him just another statistic, to those who didn’t know 

him; he was a son, a brother, a grandson, a father and a friend. He was all these things, with an addiction.

Using failed to remind him of the devastation his family would be left to face. Using first took his pain, then his smile, next, his personality and finally his life. 

Michael’s family asks that if you, yourself are struggling with addiction, know that every breath is a fresh start; please know that you can make it … it is never too late.

If you are reading this with judgment, educate yourself about this disease. Addiction is not a choice or a weakness. Chances are very good that someone you know is struggling too. They, like Mike once did, need your empathy and support.

Mike's family encourages anyone needing help to visit


He leaves this world a little lonelier, as he will be missed by so many.

He is survived by his mother, Mitzi Millsap, his son, Tyler Michael Millsap, his sisters Breanna and husband,

Richard Gartin and Tyler Millsap and Robert Berutti, life partner, and one nephew, Brighton Millsap.

He is also survived by his grandparents Barb and Bill Newkirk as well as many aunts, uncles, greats and cousins.

There will be a celebration of life ceremony at 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10 at Excelsior Springs Elk's Lodge.

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