Michael N Panhorst

01/30/1959 - 12/12/2022


Obituary For Michael N Panhorst

Michael N. Panhorst, age 63, died on December 12, 2022 after a long illness. Mike was born on January 30, 1959 in St. Louis, the son of Betty Nooter Panhorst and C. Don Panhorst. Mike graduated from Ladue High School, class of 1977, where he met his lifelong friends, Bruce Morrison and Bill Jones. He continued his education at Vanderbilt University, graduating magna cum laude with a B.S. in Mathematics and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He enjoyed a long career at McDonnell Douglas/Boeing in Military Contract Negotiation.

Mike enjoyed playing tennis and was always seeking to improve his golf game. In 2012, Mike met his love, Susan Vent, and together they relocated to Colorado where they enjoyed hiking, biking, swimming, and taking long walks with their beloved dog Cassi.

In addition to his parents, Mike is survived by his loving wife, Susan Vent, sisters Lisa Kasney (Ken), Molly Clipp (Ron), and Candace Hooker (Chris), 7 nieces and nephews, 1 grandniece and 1 grandnephew.

A service of remembrance for all who knew and loved Mike will be held at the chapel at Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum (4947 W Florissant Ave, St. Louis, MO 63115) on Saturday, December 17th at 11:00 a.m., followed by a processional and green burial.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Mike’s honor to support causes he was passionate about:

Great Rivers Environmental Law to support environmental justice issues in Missouri.

The Washington University School of Medicine Division of Nephrology to support scientists working to find better solutions for those suffering from kidney failure.

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  • 12/15/2022

    My strongest memory is Billy driving up in his car (Volkswagen or Porsche? Convertible?) with Mike and Bruce. What is fabulous trio! You could tell you three were great friends. Mike was always a kind soul with a sweet smile. I’m regret losing touch with him over the years. My deepest heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. -Jordan Louise (Helbig) Kirk

  • 12/15/2022

    I knew Mike at Ladue High School. An absolutely great person to be around. He and I played tennis way back in the 70’s during the summer and I always loved going to his home to ride his minibike! I have not seen Mike in a long time, but know he is in God’s hands. Peace and grace to his entire family. Erich Thurmann

  • 12/15/2022

    I will always remember Mike as the calm, kind hearted person that would patiently help with anything. My many memories with Mike include our ski trips with friends, many bike rides, winery trips, birthday get togethers at Black Thorn, and thankful my family and I were able to visit you and Susan in Colorado last summer. Your friendship was a blessing and you will be deeply missed.

  • 12/14/2022

    Mike will definitely be missed. I'll miss our dinners with the four of us, hiking with our dogs and how he pulled me out of the water when I had to break through the ice to rescue my dog. It was a Blessing knowing him for the short time I did. He fought a courageous fight. Rest in Peace Mike.

  • 12/14/2022


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