Michael Allen Preston

Born: Fri., Jul. 6, 1951
Died: Wed., Mar. 12, 2014


3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sun., Mar. 16, 2014
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Mon., Mar. 17, 2014
Location: Kimball Chapel

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Mon., Mar. 17, 2014
Location: Dingmann Funeral Care, Kimball Chapel

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Mike “Bear” Preston, age 62, of South Haven died Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at his home.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 17, 2014 at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Kimball with Rev. Steven Rowland officiating.  Burial will be 1:00 p.m. Monday at the Minnesota State Veteran’s Cemetery near Little Falls.  Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the service, Monday, both at the funeral chapel.  Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.

Michael Allen Preston was born July 6, 1951 in Greenview, Illinois to Robert and Dorothy (Seaman) Preston.  He graduated from Greenview High School with the Class of 1969.  Bear served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War; he was stationed in Panama.  On June 14, 1975, Michael was united in marriage to Kathleen Marie Knutson at Advent Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids.  Bear worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a Postal Clerk from 1979-1997.  He was a member of the Kimball American Legion Post 261 and the Disabled American Veterans.  Bear was a huge St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Bears fan.  He enjoyed fishing, talking politics and socializing.

He is survived by his wife Kathi; daughter Kelly Marie Preston Felt of South Haven; son Robert “Bobby” Preston of Spring Lake Park; grandsons Dillon and Preston Felt; brothers Rory of South Haven, Alex (Debbie) of Bull Pitt, IL, Brian (Betty) of Leachville, AR and Jon Preston of San Antonio, TX; sister Sandy (Brad) Sharlow of Springfield, IL; mother-in-law Elvera Knutson; and many nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his parents Robert & Dorothy; and father-in-law Clarence Knutson.

The pallbearers will be Rory, Alex, Brian, Jon and Robert Preston and Ray Owens.  Honorary pallbearers will be Dillon John Felt, Preston Allen Felt, Chad Nordling and Paul Story.  Arrangements are entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Kimball.

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Mandi Finneman
   Posted Thu March 13, 2014
I'm am so sorry to hear this. Heaven gained one heck of a man yesterday. He will be missed. My heart goes out to the family and I hope you can find peace.

Thomas Johnson (BEZZA)
   Posted Thu March 13, 2014
Bear, you are one good guy. Every time I saw you it brought a smile to me. You were always happy! I talked with you many,many times. You were very interesting. I learned from you talking. I will miss you. You are now resting in a better place. You are catching up on your past now with your past on friends. Everyone will be smiling! I will miss your smile Bear. Rest In Peace Michael!

David and Cynthia Seamen
   Posted Thu March 13, 2014
Prayer to God for Mike's family may they find peace and acceptance among their sad loss.
May HE bring smiles for the memories to replace the tears soon. Death brings a sorrow no one can heal but Love brings memories no one can steal.

Jennifer Dalton
   Posted Sat March 15, 2014
Mike "bear" is what I always knew you by! I may have known you for a short 5 years, but I will never forget the first time you invited me over when I was visiting your neighbor JJ! You were always very welcoming and put smiles on our ladies faces every time!

I will miss you and I pray for your entire family this week and there after!

Sue Cutter
   Posted Sat March 15, 2014
He taught my kids about All Star Wrestling when they were little. He was a kind man and a good friend. We are going to miss him greatly and never forget him.

Michelle and Clyde Marquette
   Posted Sat March 15, 2014
Bear you will be missed greatly! Thinking of your family.

Smith Family
   Posted Mon March 17, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family.

A Neighbor
   Posted Mon March 17, 2014
Respectfully may the most cherished and hard- working Michael Allen Preston rest in peace, And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, ... to everlasting life... Daniel 12:2 "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever." John 14:16; John 5:28,29; Psalms 37:29

Heidi Herron
   Posted Mon March 17, 2014
Dear Family:

So sorry for the loss of our Michael. He was a ray of sunshine in all our lives. He will be missed.

Judie Brown
   Posted Mon March 17, 2014
My deepest condolences for a man that will always be remembered. Heart out to his family.

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