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Michael “Mike” A. Garcia

September 16, 2018

Michael “Mike” A. Garcia

Sept. 13, 1971-Aug. 30, 2018

Michael “Mike” A. Garcia, 46, longtime resident of Grand Island, passed away on Aug. 30, 2018.

Visitation was held from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at All Faiths Funeral Home, rosary vigil service followed at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at St. Mary’s Cathedral, with celebrant Fr. Jim Golka. Burial followed at Grand Island City Cemetery. To pay tribute to Mike’s love of music, the family requested that friends wear their favorite band t-shirt.

Michael was born on Sept. 13, 1971, in Fort Morgan, Colorado, son of Robert C. Garcia Sr. and Luciana “Lucy” (Guerrero) Garcia. Michael’s family moved to Grand Island early in his life. He found home in the Grand Island community, graduating from high school and loving being close to family and lifelong friends. On Oct. 7, 2006, he was united in marriage to Tammy Cassell. Michael was a skilled welder for many years and most recently employed by Hornady Manufacturing.

Michael aka “Beatz” was passionate about his music and his family. Mike spoke his mind and was fiercely loyal to those lucky enough to be family. He always kept his word and could be relied on to lend help when asked. Mike had natural rhythm, leading him to play the drums in several bands over the years the most recent being Final Round. It wasn’t only playing music that Mike loved, he looked for the true meaning of the lyrics. Michael had a beautiful voice that he was discovering, and had just begun sharing with others. Mike’s love of Husker football was only surpassed by his love of his dogs, Saphira and Harley.

Those left to carry on his beat include his father and step mother, Robert C. (Vicenta) Garcia Sr. of Grand Island; brothers Robert C. (Neyra) Garcia Jr. of Grand Island, Joseph I. (Tina) Garcia of Omaha, and Sonny G. Garcia of Grand Island; sister Paula M. (Gregorio) Gomez of Columbus; his best friend and love of his life Jamie Martin; their boys Brayden and Brock Hurley. Mike adored all of his nieces and nephews, and he shared an extraordinary bond with his nephew Justin. Even though he never had children of his own, they all were his pride and joy.

He was preceded in death by his mother Luciana; grandparents Meliton and Paula Guerrero; and friend and brother-in-law Myron Cassell.

Memorials are suggested to the family to be designated at a later date.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.giallfaiths.com.

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