Michael Richardson

Mike Richardson

February 1, 1961 - January 9, 2020
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Michael “Mike” Richardson, 58, passed away on Thursday, January 9, 2020, at his home due to complications from diabetes.
Mike, the owner of Michael's Catering, was a lover of all types of food! He and his staff thoroughly enjoyed catering pig roasts for clients, all while dressed in Hawaiian attire! He loved being able to bring people a wonderful meal at a reasonable price.
Born on February 1, 1961, in Munich, Germany, he was the son of the late Carl T. Richardson and Erika Richardson. He spent much of his youth in Germany, Hawaii, California, and the Philippines. He enjoyed playing soccer, listening to music, and tormenting his younger sisters. He settled in South Dakota when his father retired from the US Air Force.
Mike then spread his wings and "traveled cross country" for approximately ten years to find his passion. He returned, knowing that he wanted to have fun (riding Harley Davidson motorcycles), enjoy food, and help others enjoy food as much as he did. How better to do that than with a food truck at the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally? Mike spent many years making friends, getting tattoos and piercings, and perfecting his amazing kabobs, pepper steak sandwiches, and fresh-squeezed lemonade. In the offseason, he would travel around the Midwest, attending different venues.
As time passed, Mike perfected his craft and put most of his effort into Michael's Catering. Mike continued his catering business until the Summer of 2019, when he needed to slow down because of health-related issues.
Mike is survived by the loves of his life, Lady, Pearl, and Sabel (his 3 Chinese Crested dogs); his mother, Erika Richardson; his sisters, Diana (Dan) Papka, Arlene (Barry) Krecow, and Heidi (Brandt) Williams; nephews, Shay Hogan, Hunter Krecow, and Judd Williams; niece, Carson Krecow; and a plethora of beans, noodles, crackers, and other foods from his catering business.
Mike was a very outspoken, hard-rock music, pet-loving individual that will be missed by his family and friends. He had asked to be cremated with no funeral or wake. Mike's biggest regret in life would have been not living long enough to be able to vote for Donald Trump in the 2020 election.
Cards and contributions can be sent to DeDe Hogan-Papka, 125 Ash Street, Spearfish, SD 57783. Any monetary contributions will be donated to the local Humane Society.
The family requests that if anyone has any photos of Mike, to please share them here on his memorial page.
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Memee Leone

Posted at 02:32am
Michael was the first boy to give me a gift after moving from Wiesbaden. It is a SS necklace engraved with his name on the back and my name engraved on the front🥰. I remember slow dancing with him at his last school dance and saying goodbye until we meet, again. He was a true Steelers fan and wore a Steelers’ home knitted scarf everyday in high school🥰. He told me one of his biggest regrets was not accepting my invitation to the Sadie Hawkins dance🤗. I’m heartbroken and give my condolences to his family and beloved dogs 🐶😢.

Tasia nichols

Posted at 02:06pm
We met just by chance and became friends :) we shared the same birthday and love for food. I am so sad I had to learn of his passing on Facebook. My sympathies go to all his family and friends.

Mark Pope

Posted at 02:07pm
We met Mike over 40 years ago in high school. I worked with him at Mr. Steak for quite a few years in the 80’s. We were shocked to hear about his passing. Our condolences to his family. He was one of a kind, always was. RIP Mike
Mark and Luella Pope

Britta Snyder

Posted at 01:00pm
I've known Michael since 1977 when we went to school together in Wiesbaden Germany. We've stayed in touch off and on through the years...more the last 10 years. He was such an important, special person and I am truly heartbroken that he has left us. We messaged each other on New Year's Eve with no idea I would never speak to him again. I am very sorry for your loss, My deepest sympathy and condolences to his family. I posted a 1977 Yearbook picture on his Facebook page....Michael will always be in my heart,

Gerrie Barry

Posted at 07:54pm
Erika and girls. My deepest sympathy to all. How do we understand when our loved ones are taken and so young. He always made me feel welcome with that smile. so sorry, Gerrie

Heidi Williams Posted at 10:16pm

Oh my gosh, Gerrie. We think about you all the time! We all hope you are doing well. We appreciate the time you took to send your condolences.

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