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December 15, 1952 - March 30, 2022
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To Mike's family-- While I never met Mike or his family, he was my 3rd cousin. I was researching his Mother and Dad this morning when I came across his obituary. My deepest and most heartfelt condolences to all of those he loved. I am so very sorry for your loss.
Posted by Carla Wittenburg-Porath on April 20, 2022
I met Mike in home room my senior year of high school when I returned to Livingston from Seattle. We hit it off right away and we made each other laugh. We thought we were funny even when others did not. We had many adventures over the next years but lost touch when he moved to Alliance. I didn't realize how much I had missed him until he came to visit me at my office when he returned after his sister Julie passed away. We discovered that we still could make each other laugh and we took up right where we had left off so many years earlier. I regret I did not get to take him up on his invitation to come to Rapid City and play golf. I really intended to but never made it. My condolences to Mike's family. He was extremely proud of his children and grandchildren and lit up when talking about them. RIP my friend.
Posted by Ernie Meador on April 6, 2022
We were born in the same month, approximately two years and eleven days apart. I was taller than him by a few inches and lived across the street from his family close to sixteen or seventeen years from the age of five onward. He had two sisters and so did I. My middle sister and his older sister were closer friends than what was shared between me and him, at least through school years. I dislocated my shoulder during football tackling drills trying to takeout Mike with a flying shoulder block. I was bigger in height, yet he outweighed me by approximately seventy-five pounds, at that time of my senior year. It was a nagging injury that left me with stretched ligaments that were prone to continued dislocations at the most inopportune moments for the next thirty years or more. We shared some laughs when he was working for the BN in Livingston and had his own apartment in the early seventies. I was around him so much as a close neighbor that at times he almost felt like the little brother that I never had. So often we were young and played together, shared toys, planned adventures, scuffled over nonsense, and rode our bikes down to the bridge. I had searched Facebook a few times to see if he could be located with no good results. So, I had thought about where you were and what you had been up to all these years Mike. Well now I have a good idea of what you were up to, and it pleases me to know you enjoyed a family who loved you also. I didn’t know that both sisters were gone and now you have followed as well. H Street must seem a little lonelier now that those players have left the street and are only to return in the memory of those who are still part of the fabric of the fifties and sixties of Livingston, Montana. They are thinning down; almost every month it seems. Rather than play golf I would prefer to look forward to a time in the not too distant future as it says in Acts 24: 15 And I have hope toward God, which hope these men also look forward to, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous. Then we could see you again. Wouldn't that be great! Until then, RIP Mike.
Posted by MICHAEL LEISTIKO on April 6, 2022
I got to know Mike when he and all the other Livingston Montana workers saw their diesel shop close and had to follow their jobs to Alliance, NE. Mike was always so nice and always laughing. We both would joke around and say we’re just down here living out a dream. I got to know his son Price as he and my son Eric were good friends in high school. Mike and I drove them to Denver and helped them get set up to go to college. Those two young men are still good friends. You will be missed Mike. My condolences to your family.
Posted by Peter Mortaro on April 3, 2022