Michael D. “Mike” King

Michael D. King

December 4, 1947 – October 28, 2023

Michael was born in Maysville, Kentucky to Wille E. King and Patsy Ruth King Breeze. He attended Maysville High School, where he played basketball and strutted his moves during school dances. After school, he usually made his way across the street to McGee’s Bakery to enjoy his favorite southern delicacy, transparent pie.

Born into a family of coal minors, farmers and storytellers, Mike’s memories of home included his mother, who taught in a one-room schoolhouse in the hills of Appalachia, his father, a prize-fighting coal miner, his loving grandparents who helped to raise him, and a slew of uncles, aunts and cousins, whom he had adventures with like frog-gigging, playing pool and driving a beer truck, amongst others.

Following graduation, Mike joined the United States Airforce. His four-year tour took him to Hong Kong, Guam and Montana, before making his final stop in Omaha, Nebraska, where he met Michele.

Mike and Michele settled down in Papillion, Nebraska where they raised their family and formed their chosen family of lifelong friends.

After his time in the Airforce, Mike worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 42 years. He was passionate about history, music, literature, mob movies, basketball, walking, coffee and sweets.

He found peace and connection as a longtime parishioner of St. Columbkille and St. John’s parishes, though frequently referred to himself as an hors d’oeuvres Catholic.

In life, Mike was most proud of his family, blood and otherwise. He was fiercely protective of those whom he loved, sometimes to a fault. He frequently said, “The best decision I ever made was marrying Michele.” And he told her this often, even toward the end when it was harder for him to remember.

Mike is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Belinda King Lehman.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Michele King; his three children: Jeff King (Jennie), Bill King (Jen) and Megan King; and six grandchildren: Jared, Jonathon, Levi and Owen King, and Harlow and August Walker.

VISITATION: Friday, November 3, 2023, 5-7 p.m., at the West Center Chapel, followed by a VIGIL SERVICE: at 7 p.m.

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, November 4, 2023, 10 a.m., St. John’s Creighton University, 2500 California Plaza.

Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association, the Stephen Center or the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

To view a live broadcast of the Service, please go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.


  • Sam & Vickie James Posted October 31, 2023 5:28 pm

    Sending our prayers for peace and comfort to all. Mike was a good man. He fiercely loved his family and the life that he had with them. He was one of my older cousins. Growing up, our age difference prevented our knowing each other well, but I still have many wonderful memories. I know he always had that”cocky” smile, a great sense of humor, and a story to tell. Glad I got to know him better as we became adults, I only wish we had more time together. He truly had that twinkle in his eye, and that wink…wow! I can still hear his laughter…..We will all miss such a wonderful man. Love to all..

  • Larry Gendler Posted October 31, 2023 6:37 pm

    He was such a kind and compassionate man. I always looked forward to our conversations. Peace and good health to his wonderful family.

  • Patty and Randy Moore Posted November 1, 2023 8:03 am

    Thinking of you and all our families at this time. May you find peace in all the loving memories of Mike. His smile and laughter would lift up everyone. God bless ♥️

  • Gail E Briggs Posted November 1, 2023 11:01 am

    Michele and family, Please know when I think of Mike such good memories fill my heart. He was always so caring and social when our paths crossed at family events, I always looked forward to seeking him out and catching up on the latest stories about your children and grandchildren. He loved you all so much and we loved him. Please know he is remembered as a dear friend and even better yet a great cousin. Prayers for you all, always Love , Gail and family

  • Mr. & Mrs. James E Winship Jr. Posted November 1, 2023 3:55 pm

    Dear Michelle and family, Please accept our sincere condolences. your are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you and your family.

  • Catherine W Pedersen Posted November 1, 2023 10:08 pm

    Dearest Michele, and Jeff, Bill and Megan… You each are in my healing prayers of love as you celebrate Mike. You are blessings of your dad… and Michele, you have been/ are definitely a blessing in the Mike that graced our later years knowing one another. I am so sad that I and my husband are out of town visiting a daughter and family at the time of the wake and funeral. You each are held in my embrace of healing love and prayers as you celebrate Mike and in these following weeks and months of ongoing ‘goodbye’ moments. Peace and Love, Cathy Weiss Pedersen

  • John , Pam,Nick, Luke,Neil Greely Posted November 2, 2023 11:30 am

    So sorry for your loss! Will be praying for you all. God Bless!

  • cheryl cardaronella Posted November 2, 2023 5:38 pm

    Thinking of you and your family Michele. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Cherie

  • Pam Traynor Posted November 3, 2023 6:20 pm

    So sorry of the passing of Mike. I Love when he came into Fareway to buy groceries. He always waited for me to check him out. Like everyone said He had a BigSmile. Michele you were a Devoted wife alway’s there. Good time and Bad time. Please keep in touch. 🙏🙏🙏

  • Cindy Ginn Posted November 4, 2023 8:45 am

    Remembering being together when Aunt Ruth moved to Nebraska and I’m so glad to have supported and shared that time. It proved a family bond despite the miles between us. Sending love and prayers for peace and comfort for you all.

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