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Nelson August Mieske

December 23, 2020


Nelson August Mieske, 65, of McBain, Michigan passed suddenly and unexpectedly on December 23rd at Munson Health Center in Cadillac, Michigan. He was born in Midland, Michigan on December 28th, 1954 to Conrad and Georgiana (Andrews) Mieske who both predeceased him as well as two sisters, Donna Kennedy and Bonnie Marsh. He is survived by his best friend and the love of his life, Maggie (Margaret Hartsell) Mieske to whom he was married on May 13, 1995, in Auburn, Michigan, for a joyous and adventurous 25 plus years, and by his loving bonus children, Joseph Bruhmuller II, Carrie (Bruhmuller) Warren and Jennifer Liana (Bruhmuller) Mott and grandchildren, Justin and Janette Mott, and MyKayla and MyKenzie Warren. Additionally, he is survived by three siblings, Nancy Mieske, Pamela (Gerry) Jones and Kim (Lynda) Mieske, two brothers-in-law, Clarence Kennedy and Del Marsh plus Maggie’s siblings-in-law, Ronald (Sharon) Hartsell, Mary Adams and Kathy Canfield. The number of people who loved Nelson are too numerous to mention, but his death has left a hole in the lives of many. Nelson was a man of few words, but an entertaining storyteller who loved to tell anyone who would listen about his adventures in living, from his days OTR trucking to his greatest passion of shoeing and trimming horses here and abroad, teaching farriery in Egypt, riding among the Sakkara pyramids, road tripping the UAE and Oman, walking the streets of Paris, riding horses among the Andes in Chile, breeding, raising and endurance riding our beloved Arabians, raising and milking the goats we adored, surviving our health crises, and enjoying our simple farm life raising goats and growing gardens for the last 8 years at Home Again Acre. The doctors and nurses recounted his high spirits and the stories he told them before he left suddenly and without fanfare. They were so kind to his family and so sad for them, too. They recognized what a special man he was. Special is not the most apt word to describe him. He was so much more! He was a devoted husband and father and “Papa” to children when he didn’t have to be. He loved, suffered and forgave fully with his whole heart always. He was a kind, loving, generous friend to all who knew him and many who didn’t. He delighted in secretly paying it forward in restaurants for people who didn’t even know him and watching the surprise and happiness on their faces. He took devilish and gleeful pride in beating meal mates at restaurants in paying for their meals as well as ours. He enjoyed paying for someone behind him in a drive thru, too. Recently, he was behind an elderly lady in the grocery checkout who couldn’t remember her PIN for her debit card. He paid her small bill of about $35 and was giddy about it all day. He LOVED helping people and animals. He had a gift for giving of himself, selflessly, that is impossible to find anymore. The mold was broken when Nelson was made. Ultimately, Nelson was a Gift of Life donor and although they couldn’t use his organs, he was able to donate tissues, bone and his eyes. We hope he was able to give someone his unique view of the world through those beautiful eyes. I will forever miss them, but Nelson always looked at me and the world through his heart and I know he still is. Due to Nelson’s wishes to be cremated, there will be no funeral or services at this time. In the spring, we will plan a celebration of his life locally. Our family cannot express in words how much we appreciate the love and support from family and friends, near and far. Nelson touched so many people. He would be so proud of our children for stepping in to take care of me and grateful for the visits and messages and phone calls from so many! It will be a long, difficult road continuing without him, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. He will be eternally missed and our lives will be tinged with sadness as a result of his absence from the physical world. Knowing he is waiting for us and expecting us to live our best lives will see us through. If you would like to honor Nelson’s memory, please consider registering with Gift of Life as an organ/tissue donor, or pay for a little old lady’s groceries, or help someone stranded on the side of the road, and generally live life with kindness. If you are able, monetary donations toward his death expenses would also be appreciated and can be made directly to Maggie at 10798 S. Richards Rd., McBain, MI 49657 until she can sort out finances going forward. There was no life insurance. It will free up funds for Maggie as she figures out a new life and a new everything in 2021. 

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