In Memory

Mike Neidlinger

Michael G. “Chopper” Neidlinger, Sr., 55, of Sheffield Avenue, Niles, died at 9:50 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011 at Memorial Hospital of South Bend following an extended illness.

He was born May 11, 1955 in Niles to George Neidlinger, Jr. and Betty (Clemans) Neidlinger. He graduated from Edwardsburg High School in 1974 and was a lifetime area resident.

Michael retired after 25 years of service at Tyler Refrigeration in Niles. He was a member of Community Baptist Church in Edwardsburg, the American Legion Post 26 in Niles and later with Post 51 in Buchanan.

He was an avid outdoorsman and loved fishing and hunting. He was also an antique collector and bargain hunter. Everyone loved him; he was quite a jokester.

Michael is survived by a son, Michael George (Hyesung) Neidlinger, Jr., of Elkhart, Ind.; daughter, Lisa (John) Densmore of Fawn Grove, Pa.; grandchildren, Claire Densmore and Julian Neidlinger; mother, Betty Neidlinger of Niles; nephew, Jonas Hamilton; and niece, Angela Moore.

He was preceded in death by his father, George Neidlinger, Jr., and a sister, Donna L. Hamilton, who died May 2, 2010.

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03/02/11 08:24 PM #1    

Jack Pierson

I remember Mike very well as we used to go to Plym Park and look for golf balls, in our early teen years. On one occasion we made the trek to the golf course during the late stages of fall and there was a creek, that dissected the middle of the course, so we stuck our hands in the creek from the river (beginning at the 5th hole) to the end (at the 7th hole), looking for those little round gems (and free!). My fingers were numb for a week! So many stories and this is one that I'll surely never forget. Rest in peace my friend...


12/01/11 01:24 AM #2    

Mike Neidlinger


I wish you were here with us this Christmas(last year was fun). I enjoyed watching you crawl around on the floor with Claire playing with her and all of her toys. Logan sure wishes you were here too. Sometimes when I look at him I see you looking back at me.I love you and miss you every day.

love your daughter,



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