In 1974, Mike graduated from Eastern High School of Greentown. As a well-rounded student, he was strong academically, active in sports and a member of the student council. Playing fullback for the Eastern Comets, he set a football record that was held for about 50 years. Mike’s record was 47 touchdowns from 1971-1973.
During his sophomore year, he was a forward on the basketball team. In track, he threw the shot put and discus. His high school sweetheart was a cheerleader, Julia Etchison. They would soon become life partners.
Water skiing was a great way to spend the summers. Joining the Manitou Ski Club in the ‘70s, Mike perfected barefoot, jumping, slalom and trick skiing. He could perform all aspects flawlessly.
To relax, Mike liked being outdoors, fishing and enjoying nature. He was a huge fan of NASCAR, the Indianapolis 500 and Sprint Car racing. His favorite drivers were Tony Stewart and Kyle Larson.
With a strong work ethic, Mike was the owner of Rain Creek Construction. Building new homes and remodeling kitchens and bathrooms exceeding his customer’s expectations was his way of life. In the last few years, he focused mainly on cabinetry construction.
Mike and Julia married on June 10, 1978, in Greentown. They shared 43 years of life’s adventures. Their favorite time was being home together listening to John Prine and Bob Dylan.
Left to cherish the memories of Mike are his wife, Julia; father and stepmother Harold and Laura, Branson, Mo.; sister Linda Schmitt, Rochester; brother Jeffrey Nesbit and companion Brian Delancey, Fort Ogden, Fla.; feline companion Beldar, a rescue cat; canine companion Lola, an Australian red heeler; father-in-law and mother-in-law Donald and Arlene Etchison, Greentown; three brothers-in-law, Greg Etchison, Elwood, Gary Etchison and wife Sharon, Greentown, and Terry Etchison and wife Anna, Greentown; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding Mike in death were his mother, Mildred Nesbit, on Jan. 18, 2009; and his brother, Dennis R. Nesbit, on Jan. 2, 2016.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Michael Harold Nesbit will be announced at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center, 1540 Wentzel St., Rochester, IN 46975, or Fulton County Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 843, Rochester, IN 46975.