Michael Glafke McIver, born March 21, 1939, son of Alexander Cortland McIver and Kathleen McIver, brother to Robert Cortland McIver (Scotty), passed away at home Oct. 27, 2016 at age 77.
Mike attended school in Taft, Ore., and graduated from Taft High School as part of the class of 1957. He went on to serve our country in the U.S. Air Force. He began in basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas, in July 1957; then onto Wichita Falls, Texas, where he attended aircraft electricians school; posted in Dauharon, Saudi Arabia, from January 1958 to February 1959 and served out the last of his military service at Fairchild AFB in Spokane from March 1959 to 1960.
In 1960 he married Charlotte LaChappelle, and they had a wonderful life together until her death in 2006.
In 2008, Mike married Karen Wich, and they, too, had a wonderful life until his death. Mike and Karen were high school classmates. After 46 years of marriage for both, they were widow and widower attending their 50th class reunion. Old friendships were renewed and they were married barefoot on the beach at Fogerty Creek south of Lincoln City a year later.
Mike was a highly respected employee as well as a budding entrepreneur. In 1960 he and Charlotte moved to San Fernando, Calif., where he leased a Mobil Service Station. Over the next few years he also ran a station in San Luis Obispo, Calif., and leased his own Mobil Station at Pismo Beach, Calif., plus an Arco station in San Luis Obispo.
Also in this time period, he worked at Cine-Craft, processing movie film as well as sports film for the colleges.
In 1977 they moved back to Lincoln City, where he leased an Exxon Station in Taft for one year.
Mike had a persona of fairness and honesty. He gained not only the respect of his employees and clientele, but of the other service station owners in his city; his reputation preceded him.
In 1978, they moved to Wallowa County, where they owned the Sears Catalog Store in Enterprise. They ran that store from January 1979 to 1988. After they sold the store, Mike went to work for the Ford garage from 1988 to 1989. In 1989 he went to work for the city of Enterprise, from which he retired in 2001.
Mike had a life of service to others. In 1979 Mike became a member of the Rotary Club, Sheriff’s Posse and was a volunteer fireman from 1980 to 2000. He held the position of fire chief from 1998 to 2000. Mike knew everyone, and everyone knew Mike.
He was an avid hunter, with duck and grouse hunting being his favorite; but come deer, elk and bear season, Mike replaced his shotgun with one of his many hunting rifles. Season after season he filled his tags. He was considered a gun guru by his many friends; long before the word “guru” was trendy, he was the real deal. Mike also enjoyed the relaxation and solace of fishing, especially from his pontoon boat on Wallowa Lake and on the Snake River.
His other pastimes included motorcycle riding (he used to say he had 13 bikes before Charlotte had a house), snowmobiling, 4-wheeling, dirt bike riding in the California desert, water skiing and horseback riding. He had several motorhomes that he and Karen would travel south in for six months each year, as well as Jeeps, dune buggies and boats. Mike also loved antique cars. He could look at an old car and tell you the exact year it was make and how many were built.
From 1998-2009 he helped build the log house at the K Bar Ranch, owned by his good friend Kurt Swinburnson.
He is survived by wife Karen; sons Phil Wich (Cindy) and Allan Wich (Mary); granddaughters Chelsea Smith (Jason), Sarah Wich, Katie Wich and Zachary Wich; great-granddaughters Novalee and Maleena Smith; brothers-in-law Bruce Kuhlman (Ruth) and Merlin LaChappelle (Elaine); nephew Bob McIver (Sharon); nieces Misty, Kathleen, Colinda and Roneen (McIver), Dianne Ribordy, Dottie Herring, Dani Savage, Debbie Croft (Ken); Richard Baker, Michael LaChappelle (Melanie) and David LaChappelle (Gina); cousin Karl Voiles (Elayne); and countless friends throughout Oregon, California and Nevada.
His mother, father and brother preceded him in death.
A celebration of life will be held from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 at 305 N. River St. in Enterprise. A graveside service at Taft Pioneer Cemetery in Lincoln City will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, with reception to follow at Looking Glass Inn in Taft.