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Michael "Mike" Obergfell
March 19, 1971 - March 24, 2023

Residence: Sidney, Montana

Michael Joseph Obergfell was born March 19th, 1971, in Sidney, MT. He was Paul "Sant" and Joann Obergfell's fourth and youngest child. Growing up he enjoyed life on the farm and all that came with it, including rodeo.

He graduated from Sidney High School in 1989. Then, he went to Northwest Community College in Powell, Wyoming where he was also a bareback rider. Later, he became Vice President of the Northwest College Rodeo Team. After graduating with a degree in Ag Business, he returned home to help on the family farm and work seasonal campaigns at Holly Sugar.

December of 1992 is when he met his wife, Diane (Free) Strand, whom also worked at Holly Sugar. As the legend goes, she kept hearing an intriguing voice over the radio and she knew she needed to meet whoever it was. They cherished three children together; Sara, Travis and Matt.

Mike was a hard worker. He worked at Holly Sugar/Crystal Sugars until he wanted a career change around 2007 when he was hired on with XTO. Being a farmer and rancher his whole life also meant spending his "off" time out at the farm doing his daily chores and whatever other seasonal task was at hand.

He loved to hunt. It didn't matter if hunting was just out at the farm or the yearly elk hunting trips with the guys. Oh, the stories! Hunting with his and everyone else's kids was also something he really enjoyed.

He was also a teacher. Whether it was his knowledge of hunting, farming, ranching, rodeo, 4-H, or life, he was happy to pass it along.

His favorite daily pit stop after a hard day's work was “The Rectangle” for a beer with his buddies. Those close to Mike knew he was usually a man of very few words, but he still loved to have fun. For someone who had never traveled, it was a tough sell to get him to Jamaica for his daughter Sara's wedding, but little did we know it would create a whole new meaning to his phrase- "You all are my friends!" - a quote made famous at his surprise 40th birthday party. Apparently all it took were a few Busch Lights and some AC/DC for him to quickly become the life of the party, and make friends everywhere he went. His favorite souvenir from this particular trip was his beloved Jamaican hat, which he continued to wear for many years to come.

Mike was also the Trading Post's #1 fan. He loved listening to the local classifieds - we never knew what kind of "deal" he'd snag. Another little known fun fact was Mike was a regular winner on the radio station's daily music trivia game. He was constantly hounding Diane to make a trip to Williston to collect his prizes.

Being diagnosed with cancer this last fall gave Mike a whole new outlook on life. Unfortunately, for reasons we will never know, God had a different plan for him. He was a fighter. Even in his last days he wasn't ready to give up. Although he was very sick for his last few months here with us, it's the quality time spent with him that his family will forever cherish and hold on to. We will also be eternally grateful to all of the staff at Sidney's Cancer Center and Sidney Health Center for their exceptional care and compassion.

Michael “Mike” passed away on Friday, March 24, 2023, at the Sidney Health Center, Sidney, MT surrounded by his family.

Mike is survived by his wife, Diane Obergfell, their kids Sara Huft (Scotty), Travis Obergfell (Taylor), and Matt Obergfell, four Granddaughters Jayla, Brylie, Paityn, and Harlow Huft, his mother, Joann Obergfell, siblings Doug (Lori) Obergfell, Jolene (Tim) Lorenz, Richard (Lori) Obergfell, and a shit ton of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, Paul "Sant" Obergfell, his nephew Matthew Lorenz, his great niece Macee Lorenz, and numerous other extended family members.

Memorial Contribution
In lieu of flowers memorial may be made to: Sidney Cancer Center or a charity of one’s choice.

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Jess Wiese (Sidney, Mt)
Mar 27, 2023
Diane and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to your whole family during this difficult time.
Doug Copeland (Sidney, Montana)
Mar 27, 2023
So Sorry for Your Loss
Lisa Baardson (Nd)
Mar 27, 2023
Diane and Family, My heart breaks for you all, May God wrap his arms around you all and give you comfort and peace, sending prayers and hugs. love you
Terry & Mavis (Rocklake, ND)
Mar 27, 2023
Oh Diane and to all Mikes family and friends, we are so sorry to see such a nice young cowboy leave his herd on earth so quickly, but we know God takes the good ones home way too soon for He needs them in heaven too! God bless you as the mourning begins. Love you guys! Terry n Mavis
Amber Hayden (Sidney, , MT)
Mar 28, 2023
My dearest & deepest heartfelt sympathy to Diana & family. Mike sure was a true at its best kind of a guy. Showed nothing seem to be going on but loved the attention. You will be missed Mike, RIP
Casey &Brandy Gossen (Post Falls, Idaho)
Mar 28, 2023
Another one gone way to early, rest well my friend.....until I see you again
Linda Eggum Heen (Alexander , North Dakota)
Mar 28, 2023
Dianne and family, you are all in my prayers and thoughts during this hard and sad time! I don’t think I ever saw Mike that he didn’t have a big smile on his face! He will be missed by many!
Chole Crosby (Sidney, MT)
Mar 28, 2023
I am so sorry for your loss. May Our Lord continue to give you comfort and strength. God Bless your families.
Lynn powers (Sidney)
Mar 28, 2023
Rest in peace Mike, it was a good ride but way to short. Condolences to all family and friends.
Cheryl Olson (Sidney , MT)
Mar 28, 2023
Michael I’ll miss you untying my apron at TSC. You always made me smile. All my prayers for your family.
Linda Eggum Heen (Alexander , North Dakota)
Mar 28, 2023
Dianne and family, you are all in my prayers and thoughts during this hard and sad time! I don’t think I ever saw Mike that he didn’t have a big smile on his face! He will be missed by many!
Mar 29, 2023
Diane & family, There are no magic words to make this easier but know that you are in the hearts, thoughts and prayers of so many. Mike will be missed by the whole community.
Devra Goulart (Sidney, MT)
Mar 30, 2023
Diane and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Rick s. (Miles city , Mt.)
Apr 2, 2023
Mike as another class mate passes Rest in Piece bro rofeo until content .. to the obergfell family sooo sorry to hear this losing a friend is hard but losing family is everything. Remember the good tomes and many memories may God Bless u all in this bad time ...
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