Michael Erwin Reitmeier, 57, of Crookston, MN, died at the family farm Friday morning, September 14, 2012, following a courageous battle against cancer. Mike was born in Crookston on December 9, 1954, and was the first of three children of the union of Erwin "Mike" and Barbara (Preisen) Reitmeier. He grew up on the family farm, and was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Crookston. He was a member of the Crookston High School class of 1973. Due to the nature of his job, Michael's spent much of his time in the northwest United States, where he met and married Angela Heffernan on June 18, 1983 in Puyallup, Washington. From their union, they were blessed with two daughters, Alison and Heidi Reitmeier. Michael was employed as a truck driver by Northern Co-Op, Palouse Producers, and Altendorf Trucking. On May 16, 2006, Michael was united in marriage to Jen Kiene in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two worked together to start Blue Marble Trucking, which Michael owned until March of 2012 when he became too sick to continue the business.
Michael enjoyed doing anything that required tinkering and working with his hands. While he worked with his dad, on the family farm, he also enjoyed hunting with the Reitmeier men and fishing at Lake of the Woods with his dad. He was also the proud owner of a Harley Davidson motorcycle, of which he took a great deal of pride in. He was a member of various bowling leagues in North Dakota as well as a part of a dart league in Grand Forks. May God bless Michael's memory.
Michael is survived by his dad, Erwin "Mike" Reitmeier of Crookston; two daughters, Alison Reitmeier of Lewiston, Idaho and Heidi Reitmeier of Missoula, Montana; sisters Mari Beth Reitmeier of Fargo, ND and Lori (Randy) Wolff of East Grand Forks, MN and their children Cody and Erin; and many cousins who loved him dearly. Michael is preceded in death by his mom, Barbara Jean Reitmeier who died in 2005; and his grandparents, Edward and Ida Reitmeier, Bessie Rudd, and Alferd Preisen. The family would like to thank all the caregivers that helped Mike during all of this, especially Sheila Seyerson, Winston Johnson, Jackie Tjossem, Lacy Bridgeford, Jodi Jorgenson, and all family members who helped.
A funeral service celebrating the life of Michael Erwin Reitmeier will be held Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Crookston, with the Rev. Timothy Winterstein, officiating. Visitation with the family will be Tuesday, September 18, 2012 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, and also for one hour prior to the funeral service. Burial will take place at Oakdale Cemetery immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family are preferred. Online registry www.stenshoelhouske.com