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“Dear Aunt Alice, I'm so sorry Uncle Mike is gone.. He sure was a sweet man.. with the warmth he expressed in a smile, and heartful greetings... I...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: Julie Messer - Des Moines, WA

“Alice sorry we just read about Mike in the G U Times. We are very sorry for your loss. It is always hard to loose Family. Our prayers are with you...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: Arthur and Alice schafer Boulet - CA

“Joyce & family - please know that you're in our thoughts & prayers during this sad time. ”
3 of 21 | Posted by: Rhonda Radigan - Grapevine, TX

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Al and Lori. ”
4 of 21 | Posted by: Alan & Lori Guck - Annandale, MN

“To Alice and family, You are in my thoughts and prayers in this hard time. Mike is now looking down from heaven smiling upon all of us, with that...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: Alisha Gerving - Glen Ullin, ND

“Alice, We are holding your family in our prayers as you mourn the loss of your husband and prepare to celebrate his wonderful life at the service...Read More »
6 of 21 | Posted by: Dawn and Russ Rosenquist - Plano, TX

“Alice and the family, We've shared so many memories over the years. On the farm, the school bus and more recently in town. Dad must be lining...Read More »
7 of 21 | Posted by: Rosemarie (Hermes) Kuntz - ND

“Dear Alice, Bonnie, Al, Terry, Joyce and Kelly, I am so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. There are no words at this time of pain and sorrow. Take...Read More »
8 of 21 | Posted by: Jill Streitmatter-Rogers - Bonner, MT

“My condolences to the family at this time of sorrow.. Mike's ready smile will be one less bright spot in our lives but our loss is heaven's gain. ...Read More »
9 of 21 | Posted by: Patrick B Phillips - Bismarck, ND

“Dear Alice and family: Our sincere condolences to all your family. I love the picture of Mike on the obituary because it truly shows what a...Read More »
10 of 21 | Posted by: Mary Ann Weiand - Wahpeton, ND

“Uncle Mike was a tremendous influence during my early life. He was quick with a smile and I always looked forward visiting him, Aunt Alice, and the...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: Dave Bleth - Sun Lakes, AZ

“Alice, Joyce, and families. Love and prayers to you. I have very fond memories of spending lots of time at your farm. The number one thing that...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: LaVonne (Fitterer) Sheldon - ND

“Alice and Family, I am so sorry to hear about Mike. He was such a kind and friendly man, with a smile you could not miss! My thoughts and prayers...Read More »
13 of 21 | Posted by: Anita Thomas - Missoula, MT

“Alice and family, Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family, Mike was always kind and had a great smile. ”
14 of 21 | Posted by: Chuck & Marlene Wetzel - Mandan, ND

“I loved my uncle Mike. He was a wonderful man, husband and father.He really did have a quick smile for everyone and a twinkle in his eye. My...Read More »
15 of 21 | Posted by: Linda Riskedahl

“Dear Alice and Henry, I am so sorry for your loss. Living so far away, I hardly ever see you. But I have a lot of memories; Mike was sort of like an...Read More »
16 of 21 | Posted by: John Koller - Great Neck, NY

“My deepest sympathies, Love you Marge ”
17 of 21 | Posted by: Margaret Sheen (Wetzstein) - Elko, NV

“My deepest condolences for your loss. Your family is our thoughts and prayers. ”
18 of 21 | Posted by: Mark Miller - Irving, TX

“My condolences to the Kobilansky family on your loss. I wish for strength and the comfort of family through this difficult time. ”
19 of 21 | Posted by: Dave Rogers - Highland Village, TX

“My sympathies to the family and much respect for a life well-lived. ”
20 of 21 | Posted by: David Selwood - Irving, TX

“My Uncle Mike had a great impact on my early and teenage life. I always will remember him as being a strong and gentle man. I always looked forward...Read More »
21 of 21 | Posted by: Paul J. Kobilansky - Grand Forks, ND


Michael Kobilansky, 86, Glen Ullin, ND, died October 1, 2011, at St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck. Mike was born in Glen Ullin, ND on February 10, 1925. He was the eldest son of Paul and Margaret (Wetzstein) Kobilansky and had six brothers and sisters. Mike�s early years were spent on the family farm, working closely with his Dad and Mom to support his family and learn his love for farming, which he ultimately chose as his life�s work. Before he settled into his farming life, Mike traveled and spent time in family businesses in Detroit and Idaho where he got a taste of life outside North Dakota. He served two years in the U.S. Army where he was stationed in Germany. He came back to North Dakota after his service and married his love, Alice Helfrich on November 10, 1952. He spent the next forty years on the family farm, raising their children, Bonnie, Allan, Terry, Joyce and Kelly. He also was employed by the USDA for 22 years until his retirement in 1992. After retirement, his love of fishing and rock-cutting became his full-time pursuit. Mike earned the trust and respect of everyone around him. He was a man who truly believed and acted in the spirit of �do unto others, as you would have them do unto you�. He helped so many people over his life and was a friend to all. Mike didn�t know a stranger � everyone became his friend. Mike�s love of family was apparent in everything he did. His loving presence and quick wit made family gatherings such a special time. He loved to share his life stories � if folks heard one story, they�ve heard twenty! He had a mischievous smile which lit up a room and made everyone wonder what he was up to. In later years, when Mike�s hearing was limited, he would sit and watch his family together, laughing and sharing stories and knew that he had done very well with his life. Mike was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion. Mike is survived by his wife, Alice (Helfrich), Glen Ullin; daughter Bonnie, husband Phil Becker, Dallas, TX and grandchildren Emily and Allison Becker; son Allan, wife Faye, Wilmar, MN and step-grandchild, Melanie Anderson; son Terry, wife Vicki, Fargo, ND and step-grandchildren, Robbie Matthiensen and Leslie Hermanson, and great-grandchildren Hayden, Hunter and Parker; daughter Joyce, husband David Ray, Plano, TX; and son Kelly, Christchurch, NZ. He is also survived by his sister Mary Messer, Seattle WA and brother Henry, wife Bonnie, Glen Ullin. Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Margaret, his sisters, Pauline, Gertie, and Theresa and his brother, Paul.

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