Michael Uchytil of Fairfield Glade, formerly of Chattanooga, Tennessee, passed away peacefully on September 8, 2021 at the age of 82.
Michael was born in Marshalltown, Iowa, on October 31, 1938, to Eleanor Jane and Emil Frank Uchytil. He grew up in Toledo, Iowa, and graduated from Tama-Toledo High School where he played football and basketball. In college, Michael was an intercollegiate pool champion and then had the opportunity to play against famous pool players Minnesota Fats and Willie Mosconi. In 1963, Michael graduated from the University of Iowa where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration. After graduation, he moved to Illinois where he accepted a position with Barber-Green and Company, a manufacturer of road construction equipment in Aurora.
In 1970, Michael moved again with his young family to Chattanooga, to work for CMI Systems, another manufacturer of road equipment. Soon after, when CMI moved its operations to Oklahoma, Michael became one of the founders of ASTEC Industries in Chattanooga along with J. Don Brock and three others. He was vice president of international sales and operations. He has traveled the world in this position and made many lifelong friends with clients, locally and abroad. After their retirement, Michael and his wife, Sherry, moved to Fairfield Glade, Tennessee, to relax and enjoy their lakefront home.
Michael was a long-time loyal member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hixson, Tennessee, where he served on the church board as a building committee and lay reader. He was a board member of two homeowners associations and president of the Boulder Hill Civic Association in Illinois. His ancestry can be traced back to John Alden, which led to his membership in the Mayflower Society. Michael was also proud of his Czechoslovak ancestry. His quote on Facebook read, “When I say I’m a Christian, I’m no more holy than you. I am just a simple sinner who, by faith, has received the grace of God.
Michael will be remembered for his kindness, generosity, love of family, sense of humor, work ethic, and love of all things UT. May he rest in peace.
Michael is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Sherry; Her devoted children, Stephen Uchytil, of Fairfield Glade and Julie Dobbins of Knoxville; grandson, Lukas Dobbins, of Knoxville; sister, Sheila (Dennis) Brindle of Newton, Iowa, along with her children and grandchildren; stepchildren, Kilee, Kelby, Tony and DJ Reed; grandchildren, Grace, Sky and Micah.
The family will receive friends at the North Chapel of the Chattanooga Funeral Home from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 2.
The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. at the North Chapel of the Chattanooga Funeral Home with Reverend Wayland Stewart as officiant. Interment to follow in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association, Fairfield Glade EMS, or a charity of their choice in memory of Michael.
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