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Michael E. Sebastian

On January 13, 2021, Michael E. Sebastian, loving husband and father, passed away at the age of 74 after a long battle with cancer.

Mike was born on October 14, 1946 in Mitchell, SD to Edward and Gladys (Teesdale) Sebastian. He married Marlene Ring on August 16, 1969. He graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 1971, after which he and Marlene moved to Kimball, SD. He practiced law there until 2002, earning the trust, loyalty, and friendship of many in the community. Mike and Marlene raised two children in Kimball, David and Megan. After 2002, Mike and Marlene split their time between Sioux Falls, SD and Mesa, AZ.

When Mike was not golfing, he had a passion for learning new things. He taught himself to write computer programs when home computers were still a novelty, and in his mid-life crisis stage, tried (with varying degrees of success) to get not one, but two, MG convertibles up and running.  He was very creative with a wry sense of humor, and often joined the two traits. Not many people would publish an obituary for a beat up old pickup truck. Mike also extensively researched family genealogy, and he and Marlene traveled to many places from which their ancestors came, including Ireland, England, Czechoslovakia, and Germany.

Mike thought every party needed some form of entertainment, and left his stamp on many. From the mind reading El Schmello and a role playing spy mystery to a recent Elvis impersonation, he was always thinking up ways to inject added fun to gatherings of friends or family.

Among Mike’s greatest joys were his two grandchildren, Rebecca and Ethan. When they were little, he spun elaborate stories about great adventures for them, and when they were older, he enjoyed sharing actual adventures with them on family vacations that took them from Hawaii to the Caribbean.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Gladys, and by his brother, Steven. He is survived by his wife Marlene, his son David, his daughter Megan Wright (Adrian), his grandchildren Rebecca and Ethan, his sister Patricia Fishback (Bob), and a beloved extended family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, May 22, 10:30 AM at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church.

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