Royce "Mike" Michael age 66 of Crofton, Nebraska died on Friday, January 24, 2014 at his residence. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Wintz Funeral Home in Crofton. There will be a Prayer Service at 7:00 pm officiated by Rev. Amanda Jertson. Burial will occur at a later date.
Mike was born on July 20, 1947 in Petersburg, West Virginia to James Vernon and Freeda Pauline (Borror) Michael. He graduated from Tecumseh High School in New Carlisle, Ohio in 1966. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1967 and served until 1971. In 1968 Mike met his wife, Cheryl Skretteberg while stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, SD. They were married on August 21, 1970 in Lemmon, SD and after his discharge from the Air Force they moved to Lemmon where he worked for a number of years at the Lemmon Equity Exchange. For a time, he owned and operated Mike's Auto Electric. In June of 1989 they moved to an acreage northeast of Crofton. He attended Northeast Vocational School and worked at Kolberg's in Yankton, SD. For the last several years he worked for BJ School Buses as the Crofton Public School Bus Manager. He truly enjoyed this job especially the bus trips, the interaction with the kids and watching them participate in their activities. He always said the highlight was the bus trip he drove when the Crofton Basketball girls captured the State title. He enjoyed several summers working as a Park Ranger at Weigand. Mike and Cheryl had 3 children, Justin, Greg and Mandy and he loved being involved in their activities and was proud of each of them. Mike was a member of the Crofton American Legion Post 128. Mike was baptized in September of 1983 in Lemmon after his profession of his belief of a saving Jesus at the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Lemmon.
Mike is survived by his wife, Cheryl Michael of Crofton; 3 children, Justin and Melinda Michael of Crofton, Greg Michael of Crofton; Mandy Michael of Cedar Hills, Texas; 3 grandchildren, Caden and Camry Michael of Crofton; Cody LaCroix of Omaha; a great granddaughter, Ella Rainn LaCroix, a sister, Denise and Mark Wymore of Clovis, New Mexico; his mother-in-law, Faye Gaugler of Lemmon; brother and sister-in-law, Terry and Nancy Skretteberg of Shadehill, SD; 2 nieces, Jessica Dawson of Clovis, NM and Kelsey Blanco of Bloomington, Indiana.
He was preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law, Alvin C. Skretteberg and his step father-in-law, Ray Gaugler.
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Cheryl and family,
we were saddened to of your loss. Many thoughts and prayers for you.
Dean and Lila Ellison
Cheryl and family-
We remember Royce from the 4H days at the Boots and Saddles when Mandy showed the horses with our son Clint.. Nothing anyone can say will make the loss any easier, but know we offer our deepest sympathies.
Debbie and Larry VanderPoel
Cheryl & family
You were always there for him. I am so sorry for your loss.
Cheryl, Mandy,Justin, Greg.
we were sorry to hear about Mike. Ken enjoyed working him at Lemmon Equity. You were like our second family. God be with you.
ken and sandy paulson
cheryl and family, sorry to hear about mike, thinking of you,,thoughts and prayers are with you.
janie and denny oconnor
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