Life Member 006 Michael Andler
Michael Shawn Andler left this world on May 14, 2018, after a 3-year battle with liver disease. Michael fought a courageous battle and never once thought about giving up. The day before he passed he walked himself down the hallway of the nursing home to visit his father-in-law (who is also there) so that they could watch golf together. Michael was bound and determined not to let this disease stop him. Michael was born July 4, 1961, in Waukesha, WI., to Robert Andler and Caroline Bauer Andler of Mukwonago, WI. He was one of the middle children of 8. At 17, he left WI and moved to FL, where he took a job at a factory making nail clippers. It was there that one of his coworkers suggested he join the Air Force. Michael did just that. Michael retired from the Air Force with 25-years of service and 8 tours that included Korea, the Middle East and Croatia. Michael was never one to be out-done. After leaving the military he earned an advanced degree in Physics. He passed the United States Patent Bar on his own with no formal preparation and went to work for the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, VA., where he was a Patent Examiner. In 2014, he left and went to work for the Department of Veteran's Affairs in Milwaukee, WI., where he worked until 2016. He was also an avid runner and competed in 24 marathons around the country. In 1984, while on a 2-year hiatus from his military career, Michael met the love of his life, Cynthia Louise MacLaren, in Sacramento, CA. They broke up in 1985 and both went their separate ways, but neither forgot the other. Thanks to Facebook, in 2012 they reconnected and on July 13, 2013 they married at Michael's cousin's farm in Indiana. During their time together they lived in FL, VA and WI before finally settling in Nampa, ID. Together they adopted 3-furbabies: Evi, Ernie and Bertie. Michael is preceded in death by his father, Robert. Survivors include his "Boomerang" Wife Cynthia; his mother, Caroline and numerous sisters and a brother in WI. As per Michael's request there will be no services. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to Canyon County Pet Rescue in Nampa, ID.