Michael Rake, age 49, of rural Bird Island died December 29, 2017 at St. Cloud Hospital after a long courageous battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, January 10th at 1:00 p.m. at Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Olivia. There will be a time of visitation Wednesday from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.
Michael John Rake was born January 17, 1968 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He grew up in the San Fernando Valley, California. Michael traveled the country doing logging, ranch work with horses, and other various jobs. He moved to Minnesota 25 years ago and in 2014 he moved to a hobby farm near Bird Island with his significant other Connie Kieper. Michael had enjoyed being outdoors, fishing, gardening, and loved all animals especially cats and horses. He is survived by his parents and his significant other Connie Kieper.
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