Michael H. Nesbit, 65, of Rochester passed away at 2:55 AM on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at Visiting Nurse Hospice of Fort Wayne due to a sudden illness.
On January 24, 1956, Michael Harold was born in Kokomo to W. Harold and Mildred L. Jameson Nesbit. Growing up he shared his childhood with a sister and two brothers. He was the best brother.
In 1974 Mike graduated from Eastern High School of Greentown. As a well-rounded student, he was strong academically, active in sports and was a member of the student council. Playing fullback, for the Eastern Comets, he set a football record that was held for about 50 years. Mike’s record was 47 touchdowns from 1971-1973. During his sophomore year, he was a forward on the basketball team. In track he threw the shot put and discus.
His high school sweetheart was a cheerleader, Julia Etchison. They would soon become life partners.
Water skiing was a great way to spend the summers. Joining the Manitou Ski Club, in the ‘70s, Mike perfected barefoot, jumping, slalom and trick skiing. He could perform all aspects flawlessly.
To relax, Mike enjoyed being outdoors, fishing and enjoying nature. He was a huge fan of NASCAR, the Indianapolis 500 and Sprint Car racing. His favorite drivers were Tony Stewart and Kyle Larson.
With a strong work ethic, Mike was the owner of Rain Creek Construction. Building new homes, remodeling kitchens and bathrooms exceeding his customer’s expectations was his way of life.
Mike and Julia married on June 10, 1978 in Greentown. They shared 43 years of life’s adventures. Their favorite time was being home together listening to John Prine and Bob Dylan.
Left to cherish the memories of Mike are his wife, Julia, father and step-mother Harold and Laura of Branson, MO, sister Linda Schmitt of Rochester, brother Jeffrey Nesbit and companion Brian Delancey of Fort Ogden, FL; feline companion Beldar a rescue cat, canine companion, Lola an Australian Red Healer; father and mother-in-law Donald and Arlene Etchison of Greentown; three brothers-in-law Greg Etchison of Elwood, Gary Etchison and wife Sharon of Greentown, Terry Etchison and wife Anna of Greentown and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding Mike in death are his mother Mildred Nesbit on January 18, 2009 and his brother Dennis R. Nesbit on January 2, 2016. A
memorial service for Michael Harold Nesbit will be at 2:30 PM on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 4992 S. Wabash Rd, Rochester.
After the service, there will be a dinner and celebration of Mike’s life at the home of Barb Lutterbein.
Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Animal Shelter, 1540 Wentzel St., Rochester, IN 46975 of Fulton County Habitat for Humanity, PO Box 843, Rochester, IN 46975.
Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com