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Michael StenersonMichael Stenerson, 37 of Moorhead, Minnesota died on April 26, 2013 at this home in Moorehead. He is the son of former Webster resident, Shirley Ihlen Stenerson. Memorial services will be at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, May 2, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Moorhead, Minnesota. Burial with military rites will be at 3:30 P.M. at Webster Cemetery, Webster. A visitation will be held at Korsmo Funeral Chapel in Moorhead on Wednesday, 5-7 P.M. with “Sharing of Memories” at 7 P.M. Michael David Stenerson was born September 14, 1975. Growing up, Michael and his family lived by Lake Park, MN, where he attended elementary school. He could be seen riding his banana seat bike with his dog Goldie following, often going fishing or visiting neighbors. Michael was joined by two siblings: Sarah, now of Little Falls and Robert, of Moorhead. Michael and his family later moved to Moorhead, where he graduated from High School in 1994. Michael enjoyed hockey and spending summers on Big Cormorant Lake. He could be seen from across the lake either skiing, jet skiing or pulling his siblings. Michael spent many hours helping and playing with his favorite uncle, Jay Stenerson. In 1994, Michael enlisted in the US Army. He was stationed in Schweinfurt, Germany and was deployed to Bosnia in 1995 as part of the IFOR Peacekeeping Force. Michael was a gunner, driver and commander of a Bradley Fighting vehicle and a very proud soldier. . He was discharged in 1998 after suffering a back injury while in Bosnia. Following his discharge, Michael worked as a carpenter while living in California. In 2007, he returned to Moorhead to be closer to his family. Michael’s love for his family was deep and unwavering. He was a protector who would do anything for them. He always provided the jokes and the smile that everyone remembers him by along with his ever present sparkling eyes. Michael’s involvement with the U.S. Military Vets Motorcycle Club, where he was known as “Wood”, helped define him the recent years. His brothers in the club gained a fierce supporter of their cause, and a lifetime friend. Michael gained a purpose, camaraderie and multitudes of new friends. He always considered them family, too. Michael was most proud of three things that he accomplished during his short life; becoming an Eagle Scout, serving the United States of America in the U.S. Army, and being a member of the U.S. Military Vets Motorcycle Club. Michael was a proud patriot with a huge heart. Michael Stenerson, age 37, died peacefully on April 26, 2013. He is survived by his mother, Shirley Ihlen Stenerson, Moorhead; his father, John (Lori) Stenerson, Fargo; his sister Sarah; brother Robert; and grandparents, Georgiann and Robert Stenerson, Moorhead. Michael had many beloved relatives. He will be especially missed by cousins Amber Mae, Brooklynn, Heather and Vaughn Ihlen, his special “bro”. As was the case wherever he went, Michael was the life of the party; with music, his smile, infectious sense of humor and laughter. After 37 short years, the laughter has gone silent. That and his wonderful smile will be missed but not forgotten by the many that he has touched over the years.
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