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Mike ‘Bear’ Preston, 62


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

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 17, at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Kimball with Rev. Steven Rowland officiating.  Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, and one hour prior to the service Monday, both at the funeral chapel. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Monday, at the Minnesota State Veterans’ Cemetery near Little Falls.


W-Preston-MichaelMichael Allen Preston was born July 6, 1951, in Greenview, Ill., 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.

Bear is preceded in death by his parents Robert and Dorothy; and father-in-law Clarence Knutson.

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 (and Debbie) of Bull Pitt, Ill., Brian (and Betty) of Leachville, Ark., and Jon Preston of San Antonio, Texas; sister Sandy (and Brad) Sharlow of Springfield, Ill.; mother-in-law Elvera Knutson; and many nieces and nephews.

The pallbearers will be Rory, Alex, Brian, Jon, and Robert Preston, and Ray Owens. Honorary pallbearers will be Dillon John, Preston Allen Felt, Chard Nordling, and Paul Story. Military honors will be provided at the cemetery. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Kimball.