July 14, 1968 - June 21, 2018
Michael A. Ziemke was called home to his Heavenly Father early the morning of June 21, 2018, after a year long battle with cancer. He was born to William and Marilyn (Bernt) Ziemke on July 14, 1968. Mike was baptized and confirmed in the Zion Lutheran Church in Thayer just west of the family farm. Mike attended Centennial Public School where he excelled in all academics and sports. After high school, Mike earned his associate's degree in diesel mechanics and technology through Southeast Community College, Milford Campus.
Mike married the love of his life, Shelli Hejna, on July 20, 1990. They enjoyed their passion of traveling and raising their family through their 27 years together. Mike spent his early years pulling wrenches on agricultural diesel equipment for local John Deere dealerships and then for Vermeer in Las Vegas where they lived for seven years. After returning home he moved behind the parts counter where he continued to enjoy meeting new people and talking with old friends, first for John Deere dealerships then to Kenworth and on to Peterbilt.
Mike was preceded in death by his father, William; grandparents and father-in-law, Frank Hejna. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Shelli of Hickman; daughters, Tori (Ray) Heusinkvelt of Lincoln and Sydni Ziemke of Hickman; mother, Marilyn Ziemke of York; brother, Douglas (Terese) Ziemke of Thayer; mother-in-law, Jeanne Hejna of Lincoln; sister-in-law, Sherri (Gilbert) Leyva of Las Vegas, Nev.; Sunni (Colby) Harper of Hickman; nieces, nephews and a mountain of friends.
The funeral service will be held at 11 am on Tuesday, June 26, at Zion Lutheran Church at Wessel Living History Farm, 5520 South Lincoln Ave., York. Burial will follow the service at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Thayer. Visitation will be from noon to 8 pm, with the family receiving friends from 5 to 7 pm on Monday at Butherus Maser and Love Funeral Home, 4040 A St, Lincoln. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, are suggested to the family. Condolences, www.bmlfh.com