Michael Anthony Rajdl, affectionately known as Mike to his friends and family, was born on Aug. 1, 1965, in Glenwood. Mike’s journey was one marked by intelligence, wit and a deep appreciation for his roots.

The second of four children born to DuWayne Rajdl and Loretta (Dietrich) Spanier, Mike grew up on a family farm near Villard, where he developed a lifelong love for agriculture and technology. He attended St. Bartholomew’s Catholic Church and Villard Public School, where he graduated in 1984. He furthered his education at Staples Technical Institute in Staples, where he earned a degree in computer science and robotics.

Mike’s professional journey began in California, where he was employed at various computer companies, including an eight-year tenure at the Headstart Computer Company. In 1998, he returned to his Minnesota roots, joining the family farm operations while offering his expertise in computer repairs to the local community. He married Lisa Frederick on June 10, 2000, in Villard, where they made their home and shared 18 years of marriage until their divorce. Mike then relocated to the farm, dedicating himself to working the fields and maintaining farm equipment.

Those who knew Mike will fondly remember his passion for Minnesota sports. His final pleasure was watching the Timberwolves in the playoffs this year until they unfortunately lost. His witty sense of humor often lightened the spirits of those around him, and his love for history and computers will be remembered. He also enjoyed gopher trapping and riding four-wheelers. Mike was diagnosed with cancer six years ago which he courageously fought until the end. He died peacefully on July 4, 2024, at Holly Ridge Manor in Starbuck.

Mike is survived by his loving parents, DuWayne (Laura) Rajdl of Villard and Loretta Spanier of Bemidji; his sister, Pamela (Joel) Norenberg of Bemidji; his brothers, Todd (Heather) Rajdl of Clear Lake and Steven Rajdl of Osakis; two step-children, Anthony (Angela) Frederick of Villard and Shelby Eisel of Forada; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends who will miss him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Herman and Geneva Rajdl and Arthur and Lois Dietrich; his sister-in-law, Cristy Rajdl; and his stepmother, Lorene Rajdl.

Mike’s family will be having a private graveside service at Calvary Cemetery in Villard. Arrangements are with the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood. To send online condolences visit hoplinhitchcockfuneralhome.com.