Published in Miami
Herald on September 29, 2012
was born in Akron, Ohio on July 1st, 1920 and lived a full and vibrant
92 years of life. He was a Highly Decorated WW2 Pilot who earned two Distinguished
Flying Crosses, a Purple Heart and many additional Military honors including
a recommendation for a Congressional Medal of Honor.
He was a member of the HUMP Pilots Association, the branch of the Air
Force which flew China, Burma, India Theater. Michael is also in the Smithsonian
National Museum Institutes Flight Section.
He was a three athletic letterman player at Kent State University, lettering
in football, baseball and basketball. Upon graduation, he was invited
to play with the Chicago Cubs, the Washington Senators, the Pittsburgh
Steelers and the Cleveland Baseball Company (Indians) Michael played for
the Boston Red Sox until he was drafted into the war.
He was shot down and survived the jungles of India and earned the Highest
Medal from the Chinese government given to an American pilot. Michael
taught and coached with Miami-Dade County Public Schools at Hialeah High
School for thirty two years and was instrumental in bringing the aviation
program to the school. He taught many non-military pilots (Commercial)
in the US how to fly and has had a lasting impact on their future in the
Michael coached many afamed athletes during his tenure with the school
system. He was inducted to the Athletic Hall of Fame at Kent State University.
Having traveled around the world three times, his experiences are those
of which only some can dream.
Among his greatest accomplishments are those of Father, Grandfather and
Great-grandfather. Michael is survived by his two daughters, Nancy Hinds
(Rudy), Paula Swope (John), 5 Grandchildren: Angela O'Meara (Steffen Fletcher),
Christina Castillo, Anthony, Michael Castillo, Tracy Michelle Swope, Troy
Swope, 3 Great-Grandchildren Tyler Devenere, Haleigh Stremanos, and Isabel
Swope, Nephew Robert Feduniak and Maureen Feduniak, Joann Bitting and
He is predeceased by his parents Anna and Theodore Feduniak and his brother
He will be always loved and missed by his countless friends and family.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 6th at 1 PM at Stanfill