Michael Jay Saffen, 67, Warsaw, unexpectedly passed away on Jan. 11, 2021, in Port Charlotte, Fla.
He was born on July 20, 1953, in Garrett. He was the son of Leo and Mary (Shire) Saffen and was raised in the family home with his brother, Steve.
Professionally, Mike, as most knew him, was an Indiana Conservation Officer for more than 30 years. He was well respected by public safety agencies throughout the area and had spent time as a Warsaw Fire Department volunteer and continued to visit the firefighters often until his retirement in 2008. Although he retired, his love for the outdoors and environmental awareness continued. He enjoyed volunteering at Mollenhour Conservation Camp.
In his free time, he loved to fish and play poker. He enjoyed traveling with his wife to many unique places but genuinely enjoyed their time in the Caribbean and loved visiting Disney annually. He never liked to be late as many may recall him hollering, “..bus is leaving!” More than anything, Mike loved time spent with family and friends enjoying comfort foods and simply being together.
Those who survive include his wife of 25 years, Karen (Dedmon) Saffen; daughter, Tanya Smith; brother, Steve Saffen; and two grandchildren, Conner Bale and Hallie Bale. Numerous extended family and friends will miss Mike greatly.
A Life Celebration® will be held at a later date. Titus Funeral Home, 2000 East Sheridan Street in Warsaw is assisting the family. Memorials can be directed to Mollenhour Conservation Camp, 10265 South 600 West, Silver Lake, IN 46982. Condolences may be left for the family at www.TitusFuneralHome.com
Please check back in the coming weeks for Life Celebration® details such as time, date and location.