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Michael G. Leikam

April 24, 1954 ~ February 3, 2022 (age 67)

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  Michael (Mike) Gene Leikam, also known as "Sidecar", passed away in Ogallala NE, on Thursday Feb. 3rd, 2022, at the age of 67. Michael was born on April 24, 1954 in Oberlin KS, to Fern and Ralph Leikam.
   Mike married Lori Watts in 1984, and out of that union came their daughter Marcia on September 8,1980. In 1989 he met Colleen Powers and her three children who he spent the rest of his life with. On April 29,1992 Mike welcomed his second daughter, Cassandra to the family. In 2010 Mike was diagnosed with bladder cancer, the beginning of COPD and Emphysema while he was working at Ogallala Ready Mix (ORM). He continued working until he could no longer climb in and out of his truck due to his breathing in 2016. Then in 2020 his health really took a turn for the worse and Mike was sent home for end of life care, where Mike fought long and hard for two years until his battle came to an end on February 3rd.
Mike enjoyed trapping, hunting, fishing, reading, and watching all the old westerns on TV. He loved the outdoors, especially if he knew he could bring home something to his kids or grandkids. Mike was famous for bringing home all kinds of creatures, fossils, and rocks. Mike loved his dogs, reptiles, spiders and countless other bugs. After 2016 when Mike spent time at home he found a love for small hobbies such as wood burning, folding dollar bills, collecting, breeding and raising bugs. He loved riding motorcycles with his buddies in the Two-Wheel Posse from the old Sip and Sizzle bar. One of the family's favorite memories is when Mike would take the kids around to stores to buy Christmas gifts for all the other kids. After the toys were purchased, Mike and all his other motorcycle buddies would then deliver the toys to all the kids.
  Survivors are his spouse; Colleen Powers of Ogallala, NE, and his children; Marcia (Preston) Case of Venango, NE, Cassandra (Michael) Fresquez of Ogallala, NE, Steven (Lisa) Ballard of Ogallala, NE, Tonya Powers of Omaha, NE, Amanda (Craig) Canning of Ogallala, NE; he has 20 grandkids and seven great grandkids with one on the way; and his step mom, Gloria Leikam.
  He was preceded in death by his parents Fern and Ralph Leikam; Ralph and Helen Ballard, who treated Mike as one of their own; and one great-granddaughter Hadley Hegberg.
  The family has chosen cremation. A celebration of life will be held in Michael’s honor on Saturday, February 19, 2022 from 11:00am - 2:00pm in the small building next to the exhibit hall at the Keith County fairgrounds.

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