William “Mike ” Meszaros, 69, of Billings, MT, passed away on November 11, 2019 at his home.
Memorial Services for Mike will be on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Bowman Lutheran Church. Pastor Mary Wiggins will officiate with burial at a later date in the Bowman Cemetery. There will be a Family and Friends Services on Monday, November 18, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at the Krebsbach and Kulseth Funeral Home Chapel in Bowman.
liam Michael (Mike) or “Friendly” Meszaros was the eldest of three children born to Esther (Ziebarth) and Bill Meszaros in Sidney, Montana on April 23, 1950 and re-joined his dad in heaven on November 11, 2019.
Mike graduated Salutatorian from Bowman High School in 1968. There he was a star athlete in baseball, basketball, football and track. He still holds the school record for most times impaled with a javelin. While living in Bowman, he worked for his dad at Bill’s Chevrolet and loved spending his time with friends and family. Mike spent many summers at his grandparents Ziebarth farm working and helping, and often causing trouble. Mike often reminisced about his time on the farm with his cousins and loved getting together to tell stories of the good ole times.
Mike earned his Mechanical Engineering degree from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, SD in 1978 and the same year he married Janie Fitch on August 12. Mike and Janie then moved to Billings, Montana where he began to work at his dream job with TraneEngineering. After making a home in Montana, they adopted their son Joseph Michael Robert and later a baby girl, Molly Jane. They had great adventures camping, skiing, swimming at Fairmont, and always playing games.
From an early age, Mike was an avid baseball fan, especially for his beloved Braves. He collected baseball cards and then as an adult opened a baseball card store, “Big Sky Card Co.” in the Billings, MT. Mike collected, traded and sold baseball cards his entire life, he attended professional baseball spring training each year, and loved playing baseball online. You could say baseball was Mike’s favorite hobby in life. Mike volunteered as a baseball coach and helped coach Billings Heights American and Nationals Teams from the early to the late nineties. He led two teams to the finals and semi-finals for the city championship and coached two All-Star teams. If Mike wasn’t coaching, playing or talking about baseball, he was looking for a way to do so.
Mike was greatly involved with Cub Scout Pack 32 out of Independent Elementary School and as Joey grew, he moved along with him to Boy Scout Troop 10 in Billings. Even after Joey received his Eagle Scout, Mike stayed to help teach merit badges, went on trips / outings, maintained their books, and kept the boys entertained with all his board/card games. Mike was dedicated to the Boy Scouts and their mission. Mike was always great with children and young adults. He had a patience and way of teaching that allowed kids to be accepted and loved. Mike spent a lot of time with his children, grandchildren, nieces, nephew, great nieces and nephew and countless other children being a friend byteaching them new things, going to movies, traveling and encouraging them. There is no doubt this loving and patient way earned him the nickname “Friendly” early in his life.
For his time on earth, he enjoyed playing sports, collecting baseball cards, skiing, traveling the country, having fun, spending time with grandkids, playing Strat-o-matic Baseball, beating his family at board games (namely Rail Baron) and laughing with anyone in his presence. We will miss him dearly.
Mike leaves behind his mother Esther of Bowman, ND, his sister Carol (Burton) of Rapid City; his brother Tom (Kathy) of Billings; son Joey (Lindsey) of Mishawaka, IN, and daughter Molly of Puyallup, WA. He had four grandchildren William, Cruz, Andrew, and Harrison. Four nieces: Jada (Christopher) Hofland, Alissa Fitch (Kane) , Lindsey (Jeremy) Morris, Lacey Meszaros (Marcus) and two nephews Jory (Stephanie) Long and Tanner Fitch.
To those whose lives were touched by Mike, please help us say good-bye to him at a Remembrance Service on Tuesday November 19th, 2019 at the Bowman Lutheran Church in Bowman, ND.
Memorials in his honor can be made to Boy Scout Troop 10 at: 5 Lewis Avenue in Billings, MT, 59101.