Michael James Kehl was born and raised in Livermore, California to his parents Robert Alan Kehl and Carol Ann Kehl. He is survived by his brother Bryan Alexander Kehl; grandparents Kathi and Frank Eberle and Grandpa James Richard Rundle; his uncles Jimmy Rundle and Jason Eberle; and his aunts Lynn Finnley and Linda Holden, along with many cousins on both sides of the family. Michael lived his whole life in Livermore and was going to be a graduate of the Class of 2020 at Del Valle High School. He was just 18 years old and the joy of all his family and friends.
Michael was raised by a family of dirt bike riders and enjoyed riding since the age of five with his dad and brother Bryan, along with his close friends. He was in many hill climb competitions at Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area and won many trophies and plaques. Dirt biking was his greatest passion in life.
Michael enjoyed fishing ever since the age of two. He loved fishing with his Papa Frank, Uncle Jimmy, brother Bryan and his good friend Colby, along with many other close friends from over the years. His favorite places to fish were Shadow Cliffs, Del Valle Regional Park and Paradise Lake in Paradise, California. Michael was one that never ate his catch. He always returned the bass, trout, Blue Gill, and carp back to the lake. He would only catch and release his fish.
Michael was an avid animal lover who would go with his mom to the animal shelters to visit the animals over many years. He loved talking to the animals, both cats and dogs, petting them through the wire cages, and sitting with the cats at the SPCA. Michael has many animals of his own including his seven-year old cat Sam, two Indian ringneck parakeets, one English budgie, four parakeets and two finches. He had his giant goldfish tank and also had many hamsters thru the years.
In the early years, Michael loved his BMX bike and rode to the dirt jumps in Springtown every week. He’d have his mom take him to all the BMX tracks in Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin.
Michael’s greatest second passion was the Fourth of July. He so looked forward to that day. We’d let him buy over a hundred dollars’ worth of fireworks at the stands in Dublin, and then shoot them off in front of a friend’s home in Dublin. Michael did almost anything any teenagers liked to do. He hung out with friends, played music, video games and watching movies. He would always say he wanted to buy a ranch as he got older. He wanted animals on his ranch, too, and enough room to go dirt bike riding.
Michael was an adventurous, fun, silly, hyper, caring and loving boy that will be missed by hundreds of people that touched Michael’s life. Michael won’t be just missed by his loving family, he will be missed by the many friends he has touched over the course of his 18 years. We will truly miss you Michael and look forward to being with you again soon.
Callaghan Mortuary is honored to be serving the Kehl family. An online guestbook is available for condolences at www.callaghanmortuary.com.