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Christ the King Lutheran Church, Yankton
Saturday July 18th, 2020

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Michael R. Papik

Mike Papik, age 63, of Yankton, passed away at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. A parking lot service will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday, July 18, 2020 at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Yankton. The service will be broadcast over FM 98.9 in the church parking lot. Please stay in your cars, run your air conditioning as needed.
Michael R. Papik was born Saturday, March 2, 1957 to Roy and Clarice Papik in Yankton, SD. He grew up in Yankton and was proud of his community as he lived and worked there his whole life. He enjoyed high school and was on the wrestling team where he earned 2nd place at the SD State Tournament. After graduation he worked at Kolberg Manufacturing but not for long as he got into trucking, which he loved doing. He bought his own trucks and even started a business which he was really proud of. Trucking life was difficult. He eventually had to leave it to better look after himself. He worked at the Human Services Center where he loved helping people and liked picking up extra hours. Even while sick, Mike kept up a good work ethic.
Mike had his hobbies and a few things he really loved, like the Green Bay Packers, NASCAR, Harley Davidson motorcycles and dachshunds. He loved his dogs Maggie, Hemi, Jack, Remix and recently Leo. They motivated him to be active and better his health. Remix and Leo are in the loving care of Barb and Leland Papik.
Family was also important to Mike. He enjoyed talking on the phone and checking in on everyone. If anyone needed help, he would be there for them. He will be missed by family and friends.
Preceding him in death are his parents Roy and Clarice and sister Connie.
Grateful for having shared his life are his cousins Vickie and her husband Norm Meester of Sioux Falls, Marilyn Hoffman of Lesterville, Leland and his wife, Barb Papik of Mission Hill, Beverly Kreber of Springfield, Gary and his wife, Janine Papik of Luverne, MN and Jean and her husband, Troy Faber of Rochester, MN; also all of the kids from the families and his many friends he cherished.
Memorials may be sent to Vickie Meester, 924 S Gardner DR, Sioux Falls SD 57103.

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Mike was my teammate, he was always mild mannered, the gentle giant sorta guy. I was impressed with his love for the trucking business and his "pride in his ride..." Safe travels amigo, we'll catch ya on the other side, job well done...

Kevin R Harm Jul 26 2020 2:30 PM

Mike was a great co worker and friend. Mike you will be missed dearly. Thanks for three great years of friendship.

Rhonda Novak Jul 14 2020 11:47 AM

R.I.P. classmate. Save me a spot at the table.

Douglas L Johnson Jul 13 2020 6:45 PM

Mike, my dear friend! I know you are at peace and in a better place. I haven't known you for long, but you will always be a special part of my life!

Bobbi Aune Jul 13 2020 3:05 PM

I never had the opportunity to actually meet Mike--we were FB friends and neighbors--I had the opportunity to to run errands for him when he was in nursing home or home from hospital. Miss chatting with him--My thoughts and Prayers to his family--he will be missed.

Trinity Clark Jul 12 2020 10:41 PM

Our sympathy to the family of Mike Papik! What a brave and courageous person Mike was through the ups and downs of his health these last 6-7 years. Glad we could be there for him for snow removal, handiwork and answering health questions. We will miss you Mike. We know heaven has a special angel now.

Barb and Roger Heithoff Jul 11 2020 8:29 AM

Mike was a good guy. He was always in good spirits, always friendly. I knew him back when he had his trucking company !! He will be missed by the people who knew him and were close to him, sorry for your loss of a good guy!!!!

James Carter Jul 11 2020 1:34 AM

Prayers to his family. The Lord is watching over Mike now. No more pain, worry and suffering.

Karen Jensen Jul 11 2020 1:13 AM

Mike was always a true friend. He will be missed.

Sandra Holmes Jul 10 2020 7:45 PM