Michael "Mike” Ondracek, 79 passed away at the Sanford Hospice House after a battle with leukemia on November 8, 2021. Mike was born on January 24, 1942, in Fargo, ND, the son of Rudy and Hilve Ondracek. He lived in Fargo while he grew up and graduated from shanley high school. He then moved to the farm near Gardner to live with his uncles. Mike served in the National Guard from 1963 - 1969. On April 23, 1966, Mike married Donna Burianek. They lived on a farm near Gardner where they farmed until 1982 while raising their two sons Steve and Kevin. Mike enjoyed working on race cars and going to the races with his buddy Merlin Heller. Mike enjoyed spending time with family and friends, traveling and being at the lake cabin on Pelican Lake. In the later years, the family enjoyed time traveling on family trips to Hawaii, Florida, Arizona and his favorite trip to Alaska where he caught his one and only fish. Mike was a lifetime member of the Gardner American Legion, Fargo Eagles and Gardner fire department. Mike also served as the president of the Gardner Farmers Elevator. In his later years he enjoyed his coffee buddies, Earl Larson and Orv Tinjum. He also enjoyed spending time with his 2 grandchildren especially his grandson watching Nascar races while eating his granddaughters’ homemade buns Mike is survived by his wife Donna Ondracek of 55 years, his 2 sons Steve (Karolee) Ondracek, Valley City ND and Kevin Ondracek from Casselton ND. He has 2 grandchildren Dalton and Lexi Ondracek. He was preceded death by his parents Rudy and Hilvie Ondracek and several aunts and uncles Funeral services will be held at St. Williams Church in Argusville on November 13th at 1:00 with visitation 1 hour before. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral, Fargo.

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  1. Donna and family. So sorry for your loss. I remember first meeting Mike when Jim and I were visiting your folks. This tall, dark and handsome gentleman came to call on you. He was always a gentleman. May he rest in peace. Sending love and prayers.

  2. I will miss Mike, he was a good man.
    I worked for him on the farm when I was in high school.
    He was most kind and patient in teaching me the work.
    Any opportunity to visit with Mike was always enjoyable.
    I last visited with Mike and his good wife, Donna, in Arizona a couple winters ago.
    He was a true gentleman.
    May he rest in the Peace of Our Lord Jesus Christ!
    I salute you, Mike, from one old Soldier to another.
    Peter N. Weingarten
    MSG, USA(R)

  3. Donna. Mary and I send our deepest condolences for your loss. We will have a Mass said for Mike. May he Rest In Peace and perpetual light shine upon him.

  4. I will always remember Mike with a smile,,He gave good advice about everything ; whether it was about a vehicle, a lawnmower, or giving directions, etc. He was generous, knowledgeable, honest, hard working and a straight shooter..Family meant the world to him!! I am so proud to call Mike & Donna my good friends💕

  5. Donna, Steve, Kevin, and All,
    My heartfelt and sincerest condolences to you all as you grieve for your faithful Husband of 55 years and your wonderful Dad as well as your Grandpa.
    Know that I will be in solidarity with you in prayer during the funeral services today.
    Mike was always the kindest man and was very patient and loving with me the summers I spent with you on the farm. Awesome memories!!
    May Mike’s soul and all the souls of the faithfully departed rest in peace. Amen.

  6. Donna-am so sorry to read on your loss of Mike. Just saw in paper today and I have my grandchildren today or would have came out for funeral. Last I saw you two was in Arizona, so glad we got together-fun times. Hope to see you there again. God bless and let God put his arms around you for comfort!,,

  7. Donna and boys,

    I was so sorry to hear of Mikes passing. I did not see it until the Sat paper. Mike was a quiet, patient man who would never hurt anyone. He was truly a gentleman and liked by all. My sympathy to all of you. He leaves a void in your life that just takes time to heal. You all will have wonderful memories of him and the part of your life that you shared with him. Love and peace to all of you.

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