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, 86, of Loveland, Colo., died June 30, 2006, at his home.

Mike was born Jan. 14, 1920, in Esbon, Kan., to Ray and Agnes (Cline) Michael.

In 1939, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged six years later.

For most of his military service, Mike was a motor sergeant and spent many months in France during World War II.

While stationed at Fitzsimons in Denver, he met Lillian Buhler, and they were married Dec. 6, 1941, at Sylvan Dale Ranch west of Loveland.

From 1945 to 1955, he worked as an auto mechanic in Fort Collins, Colo. In 1955, he began working for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation as a hydroelectric turbine mechanic until he retired in 1979.

While working for the Bureau of Reclamation, he lived in Loveland, Estes Park, Colo., Elephant Butte, N.M., and Eklutna, Alaska.

Mike was a genuine cowboy, and starting at the age of 12, broke horses and participated in cattle drives, including one from Loveland to Oklahoma.

His hobbies included hunting for arrowheads and displaying these and other American Indian artifacts annually at the Loveland Stone Age Fair. He also collected Dodge cars and Coca-Cola memorabilia.

He loved to travel, was an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed recreational trips by horseback and off-highway vehicles as well as dune buggy excursions.

He is survived by a son, Ray Michael and wife Dee of Longmont, Colo.; two daughters, Donna Brassard and husband Norman of Calimesa, Calif., and Linda Gray of Loveland; a son-in-law, David Morris and wife Carol of Erie, Colo.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Mike was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian; a daughter, Betty Morris; and a grandson, Michael Baumberg.

Cremation has been conducted, and a memorial service has been scheduled in the afternoon on Saturday, July 22, at Sunset Mobile Home Park in Loveland.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Larimer County or Loveland Archaeological Society in care of Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home.

, 86, of Loveland, Colo., died June 30, 2006, at his home.

Mike was born Jan. 14, 1920, in Esbon, Kan., to Ray and Agnes (Cline) Michael.

In 1939, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged six years later.

For most of his military service, Mike was a motor sergeant and spent many months in France during World War II.

While stationed at Fitzsimons in Denver, he met Lillian Buhler, and they were married Dec. 6, 1941, at Sylvan Dale Ranch west of Loveland.

From 1945 to 1955, he worked as an auto mechanic in Fort Collins, Colo. In 1955, he began working for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation as a hydroelectric turbine mechanic until he retired in 1979.

While working for the Bureau of Reclamation, he lived in Loveland, Estes Park, Colo., Elephant Butte, N.M., and Eklutna, Alaska.

Mike was a genuine cowboy, and starting at the age of 12, broke horses and participated in cattle drives, including one from Loveland to Oklahoma.

His hobbies included hunting for arrowheads and displaying these and other American Indian artifacts annually at the Loveland Stone Age Fair. He also collected Dodge cars and Coca-Cola memorabilia.

He loved to travel, was an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed recreational trips by horseback and off-highway vehicles as well as dune buggy excursions.

He is survived by a son, Ray Michael and wife Dee of Longmont, Colo.; two daughters, Donna Brassard and husband Norman of Calimesa, Calif., and Linda Gray of Loveland; a son-in-law, David Morris and wife Carol of Erie, Colo.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Mike was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian; a daughter, Betty Morris; and a grandson, Michael Baumberg.

Cremation has been conducted, and a memorial service has been scheduled in the afternoon on Saturday, July 22, at Sunset Mobile Home Park in Loveland.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Larimer County or Loveland Archaeological Society in care of Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home.


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