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Leo "Mike" Bresnahan, 74, died unexpectedly at home on January 4th, 2017.
He was born November 2nd, 1942 in Boise, Idaho to Leo and Miriam Bresnahan.
Mike was the first born in a family of 7 children, and the only boy. Needless to say, he left home at the age of 18 to move in with his Aunt Helen, where he could live in peace and quiet. There he enjoyed working on his model cars without the interruption of 6 little girls.
He graduated from Nampa High School in 1961. He attended Boise Junior College for 2 years and also served 5 years in the National Guard.
In 1963 he was hired by Union Pacific Railroad where he worked for 39 years. He started as switchman, then brakeman, yard master, conductor and at retirement, yard foreman.
In 1965, he married the love of his life, Sheila Gillespie, on October 2nd, 1965. This year they celebrated their 51st anniversary. Their son, Timothy Michael, was born August 27th, 1966. The family moved to Utah where Mike continued working for Union Pacific. Their daughter, Kelli Jo, was born on January 14th, 1970, while they were living in Utah. They returned to Idaho after 9 years.
Mike had many interests and talents. He loved to dance. As a young teen, he won dance contests. As an adult, he continued dancing with his wife doing country swing, waltz, two step, line dancing, and later square dancing. They attended many outside dance events and workshops to perfect their dancing abilities. They were members of the Capital Squares Dancing Club.
Mike also loved to ski. After graduating from high school, he was a ski instructor at Brundage Mountain in McCall. He was the most graceful skier, making perfect turns in the powder. It was beautiful to watch!!
Mike was a passionate fisherman! He spent many days on the Boise River fly fishing. He was also a talented fly tier and spent many enjoyable hours making flies as a hobby. He often gave them to others who enjoyed fishing as well.
Mike was very talented with woodworking. He made beautiful furniture for his home and his family. He loved working with his cherished tools in his home workshop where he spent many hours tinkering and having fun!
Mike always enjoyed and appreciated nice cars, especially the pickups he owned over the years. He told Sheila once that if a pretty girl and a Ford pickup were crossing the street at the same time, he would be looking at the pickup! He also enjoyed working in his yard which was always meticulous like everything he owned.
Mike and Sheila recently moved from their home of 24 years to a new home in Meridian. They enjoyed setting up Mike's new workshop, and decorating their new home with their two cats, Tinker and Angel. A very special thank you to Sharron Riddersen who helped make that possible.
Mike was preceded in death by his daughter Kelli Jo and his parents.
He is survived by his wife Sheila, his son, Timothy, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, his granddaughter, Christal Jensen, of Nampa and his six sisters, Susan, Sally, Karen, Kris, Laurie and Mary Ann.
Mike will always be admired for his bravery and perseverance in fighting a lifetime of Type 1 Diabetes. He was a pioneer in the use of an insulin pump. His hugs will be missed most of all because those who received them always said they were the best they'd ever had.
Services for Mike will be held at Cloverdale Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 11th, at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to your favorite charity or to Simply Cats in Boise.

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