“As you walk down the fairway of life, you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.” – Ben Hogan
  • 60 years old
  • Born on August 31, 1955 in Wayne, Nebraska, United States.
  • Passed away on March 6, 2016 in Pierce, Nebraska, United States.

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Mike McElhose. 
You are invited to share your pictures, tributes and stories so we can celebrate his life.  The memories are comforting and help us to heal our hearts as we move forward without him.  Thank you so much for your contributions to this page.


JOHN 14:2-4

My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.  You know the way to the place where I am going.”

Michael R. McElhose The son of Alvin Richard and Myla June (Granquist) McElhose was born August 31, 1955, in Wayne, Nebraska. He graduated from O’Neill High School in 1974. After high school, he joined his father in the grocery store business, Ideal Markets, and assumed the position of Assistant Manager. He married Debra Swick in June of 1978, and later the couple divorced. In 1985, he moved to Norfolk. He married Jill Saegebarth on April 29, 1995. They made their home northeast of Pierce. He worked for WisPak Production in Norfolk for the last 30 years. Mike’s love of family, golfing, and fishing illuminated his life and those he knew. His passion (loving obsession) for golf occupied much of his free time. He was a member of Fairplay Golf Course for 30 years, competing in many tournaments winning a few in the process. After long days and many rounds, he loved hanging with his numerous golfing buddies hashing out every shot. His love for his family was emulated by those who knew him. Mike relished in the good things in life. The smile on his face and sound of his contagious laughter when he reeled in a fish made everyone around him feel like he had the world on the end of the line. His generous and genuine spirit was felt by all who knew him; especially his granddaughter Charlie. Whether it was at Pierce High School football and basketball games or wrestling meets and cheerleading, Mike was there for the ones he loved. He was a man who passionately loved his family and was deeply loved by many.

Golf… is the infallible test. The man who can go into a patch of rough alone, with the knowledge that only God is watching him, and play his ball where it lies, is the man who will serve you faithfully and well.” – P.G. Wodehouse

Posted by Jill McElhose on March 6, 2017
It's hard to believe a year has passed without you. Some days the air just feels too heavy to breathe in. I hope that heaven if everything you dreamed it would be. I'm not sure what the future holds for me and it scares me a little but I am so grateful for our wonderful children and that I see a little bit you in each of them. I am hoping the days will get easier and God will show me my path.
Posted by Carly McElhose on July 6, 2016
Hey Dad,

It's been 4 months. It feels like forever that you have been gone, yet it feels like this all just happened yesterday. I wish you were just on a fishing trip and that you could come home. I remember when I was younger you left for a trip and I missed you a lot and when you came home I ran outside and gave you a huge hug. I still remember that hug dad. I would do anything to get that moment back. I know that you know I'm hurting down here. I miss you so much dad. I think about you everyday. There are so many things that remind me of you. Thank you for always loving me and being there for me. Keep watch over us dad, we need you still. I love you so much dad and I'll always be your sugarbear.

"Goodnight up there, I love you."
Posted by Sonia Clark on June 20, 2016
Happy father's day in heaven. Miss you so
Posted by Sonia Clark on June 8, 2016
Think of you everyday. You will never be forgotten. Love you
Posted by Patty Holkesvig-Marks on May 26, 2016
Dear Jill, Carly, Spencer & Sonia,

I was deeply saddened by the news about the death of Mike. I am so very sorry!! I know this is a very difficult time for all of you. Please remember that you are in my thoughts and my prayers. Mike was such a kind soul, who will be greatly missed by all who knew him. I know how much you will miss Mike, but Jill you can take comfort and strength from the wonderful family you and he had together. I know his love will get you through this difficult time. I would like to offer my help too. I know exactly what you are going through. If you need anything or just talk, I am just a phone call away. May God bless you and your family during this time and always. Jill & Carly this tribute is soooo very BEAUTIFUL!!!
Posted by Jill McElhose on April 29, 2016
Today marks our 21st Wedding Anniversary. I miss you so much. It was a rainy cloudy day like today. I remember you sending me little notes counting down the days til we were married. You always had a way of letting me know how much you loved me. It breaks my heart that our time got cut short. We were both each other's second chances. I love you more than you will ever know. Thank you for our family and for loving me. "We did good, honey."

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