Michael "Mike" C. Kaiser was born in Miles City, Mont., to Charles and Lorrain (Muggli) Kaiser. He spent his youth in Miles City, attending Sacred Heart School, lettering in football, basketball and track.
After high school, he enlisted in the Army where he served our country for four years, completing three tours of Vietnam and was awarded the Purple Heart. He attended Northern Montana College for four years and graduated at the top of his class with degrees in welding, construction materials management, engineering and surveying. Many of you may have known Mike more recently as a Certified Land Surveyor. He bought his business from Don Beckman and was the only certified surveyor from Havre, Mont., to Williston, N.D.
Mike was like a book you were not sure you wanted to read, then could not put down because every chapter got more and more interesting. He loved to read and learn, be challenged and solve problems. His knowledge base was unending, and he could discuss intelligently most any topic –such a bright man- and his interests were as varied. He was a licensed pilot, a certified scuba diver, small and large engine mechanic, carpenter, earth moving specialist, inventor and soil tester. Most importantly he had a wicked, dry sense of humor that surfaced when you least expected. He was a prankster and loved to make people laugh.
Mike was a man of integrity, humility and kindness, always ready to help but never taking the spotlight. He was a religious man who did not talk about it, but lived it and believed in leading by example not words. He is the past president of the St. Raphael's Parish Council and was a member of the Glasgow School Board from February 2016 until May 2021.
He is preceded in death by his brother, Edward; father Charles and mother Lorraine.
He is survived by his wife, Jan; son Tony, daughter Katie; sisters Barb (Gary) Fleischer, Cynthia (Mike) Frankovich and Bernie (Warren) Garber; three nieces and one nephew.
Rosary vigil was held 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 9, at St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Glasgow. Funeral services were 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 10, at St. Raphael's Catholic Church with Father Jose Valliparambil officiating. Burial with military honors was at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Mont.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Valley County Pool Campaign or the Glasgow High School Educational Trust.
Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.