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Michael (Joey) Joseph Lynch

March 12, 1991 - August 14, 2020

Private Family Services will be held. Live streaming will be available at 12:30 PM Monday August 24, 2020


Boulger Funeral Home

Michael (Joey) Joseph Lynch

March 12, 1991 - August 14, 2020


Michael (Joey) Lynch of Minneapolis, MN passed away unexpectedly on Friday, August 14, 2020. A private family service will be held at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo. The burial will be held at the National Cemetery will follow directly after the service. Due to COVID 19, a live streaming of the funeral will be available at 12:30 pm Monday, August 24th on the Boulger Funeral Home website.

Joey was born in San Diego, CA on March 12, 1991. The family moved to West Fargo in 2004. Joey graduated from West Fargo High School in 2009. He enlisted in the Marines where he was a Combat Engineer and served 3 tours in Afghanistan before being honorably discharged in 2013.

Once back home he was anxious and very focused to finish his education and get his PhD in chemistry, then follow his dream of doing research work. While at the University of Colorado at Boulders, he loved to hike, mountain climb, and snow board down the slopes and bike. In his 3rd year of college, he had a motorcycle accident and was paralyzed from the chest down, but that did not deter him from his goal. He graduated on time with his bachelor’s degree. He moved to Minneapolis where is received his master’s degree at the University of Minnesota and was working on his getting his PhD.

Joey purchased a home in Minneapolis and loved working with his dad and friends making it wheelchair friendly he never let his disability slow him down. The love of his life was his German Shepard Heisenberg who loved taking Joey on walks and will miss him very much as they were inseparable. His cat, Schrodinger, is very independent and spent the day time with Joey and the night time out looking to see what trouble he could get into. Joey, we want you to know they both will be in loving hands with one of your best friends.

He was a very likeable as well as a lovable person that would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. Joey, though your smile is gone forever, and your hand we cannot touch, still we have so many memories of the one we loved so much. Our family chain is broken and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one the chain will link again. There will never be a day that we do not think of you son. You will be sorely missed by your family and friends

Joey is survived by his parents, sister, aunts, uncles, and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, aunt and uncles.

Michael’s Live Streamed Funeral Service can be viewed below starting at 12:00 P.M.:


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31 responses to “Michael (Joey) Joseph Lynch”

  1. Michael Anguiano says:

    We grew up together as kids. I remember we would play football in the front yard with the rest of the kids on the street. We had a blast everyday. I remember playing basketball in your driveway and sometimes getting yelled at by your parents for hitting the garage. I wish I could have kept in touch with you as we grew older, but I pray that you have found peace. Thank you for your service brother!

    With love and respect brother,
    Michael Anguiano

  2. Boyd Clark says:

    I love ya my brother and you are deeply missed

  3. Sheila Kavanaugh says:

    I will always remember you and Nicole coming over to play with Holly. I also remember when your mom let Holly and I stay at the lake cabin. You were there and I remember thinking how wonderful you were to us. You thought of others before yourself. You were a remarkable man, Joey. I will miss you.

  4. Quincy Lofberg says:

    Nicole, my deepest sympathies to you and your family. May you find some solace as your family and friends come together to celebrate Joey’s life and the memories you have.

  5. Michael Maniglia says:

    Rest In Peace brother. I will never forget our times at the barracks sharing the bathroom. You were such an infectious personality. I’ll never forget getting back In 2011 and you going out and buying a boat!!! Good times on that thing and good times spent together. Love you brother. Watch our 6. Semper Fi Devil.

  6. Scott says:

    Rest in piece brother you were and always was an amazing person gonna miss ya like crazy

  7. Kendall Brock says:

    May the gates of Heaven stand stronger as you stand your final watch. Semper Fi Marine.

  8. REED DANUSER says:

    I did not know you but my son was a friend of your’s and a fellow Marine. Thank you for your service. May you rest in peace. May the good Lord provide comfort to your family & friends.

  9. SGT Henriquez says:

    Damn I can’t believe I get on fb and see this RIP brother and Semper Fi, I remember the day you came to the unit like it was yesterday you my friend are one hell of a guy and a friend at that love ya brotha

  10. Joseph Kenyon says:

    Joey you were a hell of a Marine. Always proud to call you my brother…Cal

  11. Diane Nordhougen says:

    My heart breaks for your family, please know that we are praying for you all and let us know if we can do anything.

  12. Brian Keller says:

    We have so many memories from school and beyond, I love you buddy and will forever remember the times we shared

  13. Teresa Bovia says:

    From another Gold Star parent – our prayers for peace are with you!

  14. Takuma Nishimura says:

    I was the immigrant kid from Sandburg elementary who used to ride bike home with you after school. You were the nicest and most welcoming kid around! I’m glad to see that you’ve touched hearts of many amazing people. I’m thankful to have grown up with you and my childhood would not have been awesome without you brother. Rest In Peace Joey.


  15. Aaron Massari says:

    So sorry for your loss. I will miss chatting with Joey between the train station and the Chemistry Department. Sometimes he was hard to keep up with!

  16. Theresa M. Reineke says:

    My sincerest condolences go out to your family. Joey was a very bright student at UMN who inspired many people. He will be deeply missed.

  17. Major Chris Sjue says:

    So sadden to hear of Joey’s passing. As his former JROTC instructor I remember him well. He was an outstanding cadet and wonderful person. Accept my deepest condolences.

  18. Erik Moran says:

    I’m very sorry to hear you’re gone Joey. I knew Joey from when I was grad student in Fargo and he worked in my roommate’s lab. We had some pretty good times out there fishing, playing racquetball, and working in the lab. I always respected Joey for his unrelenting honesty–never afraid to speak his mind. He also had an amazing enthusiasm for science and leaning and I was excited to finally be in the same program as him. I knew we would have had more great experiences if we had the chance. I’ll miss you buddy.

  19. Jenny Mae says:

    We only met a handful of times but you were an amazing man. You and your family will always be in my thoughts and prayers. Rest in Peace Joey.

  20. Edgar Arriaga says:

    My heartfelt sympathies to Joey’s family and loved ones. We will remember him.

  21. Shane Paulsen says:

    My condolences… Joey was very nice…

  22. Mike Johnson says:

    Mike and Sue, you raised a strong, courageous, talented young man. He accomplished more in his 29 years than most of us will in our lives. My heart goes out to you.

  23. Pete Kavanaugh says:

    I remember Joey as young boy when the family moved back to Fargo and he was such a great kid. After the motorcycle accident I visited him at the VA and had a long conversation with him. I was inspired by his courage and strength, but also how forward thinking he was despite the paralysis.Such a terrible loss. Continuing to pray for the entire family.

  24. Sam Park says:

    Joey, I am very fortunate to have known you. Your high-spirited attitude always inspires me to be a better version of myself. Rest in peace. You and your family will be in our prayers.

  25. Cassie A says:

    Beautiful service
    You are all in my prayers

  26. David Jonas says:

    Dear Mike and Susan,
    It was a privilege to work with and know Joey and to meet you at his graduation. He was a great scientist and a great human being who had a fantastic influence on everyone around him. I am so sorry that he is no longer in this world with us and wish to extend my deepest condolences.
    David Jonas

  27. Tracy Benson says:

    Our children arrive with a full personality; right from the start they begin to reveal what makes so special. Joey’s friends so passionately painted a true friend that brought out the best in each of them. Your son is an incredible young man. May Joey live on through all of you, both family and friends.

  28. Dmitry Baranov says:

    Dear family, please accept my deepest condolences. I will never forget long hours working in the lab with Joey in Boulder, figuring out experiments, his persistence, creativity, and infectious giggle. While exploring the ancient terrains of science in a dark lab lit by the cyan rays of an argon laser we’ve been calling each other Joeysaurus and Dmitrisaurus. Just so very recently we got in touch, accidentally, kicking around a few crazy ideas again. I’m heartbroken about his passing. May he rest in peace.

  29. Peter Foster says:

    To Joey’s parents: please accept my prayers and condolences for the loss of your son. Working alongside Joey doing research at CU, he always was a joy and a larger-than-life presence with whom I could have the most interesting conversations. He will be sorely missed.

  30. Alexandria Casey says:

    Joey, you were such a special person in our lives. I am so thankful James met you at the very beginning of his college career. We will always treasure the good times spent. Thank you for getting James out in the mountains and pushing him in ways he didn’t think were possible. You truly were a great friend that we loved and looked forward to being with. Always will be missing your presence in our lives.

  31. Taijde Moore says:

    To the Lynch family my deepest condolences. Joey was a great guy and a stellar Marine. He was great to be around. It’s just hurts to sees brother pass. You will be missed man

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