ATHENS- Michael J. Krivesti was born March 23,1948 and left his home on earth on August 31, 2023, at 75 years old. He leaves behind his wife Sandi (Sondra) -married for 38 years; a son in Missouri, Shane (Kelly) Krivesti and two beautiful grandchildren, Dylan and Oskar Krivesti. His very good long-time friends, Jack Stauffer and Jerry Sullivan, continued to visit him in his beloved garage as much as possible when he became ill. He is also survived by a sister, Margaret Shields, and two brothers, William (Linda) Krivesti and James (Cheryl) Krivesti and many nieces and nephews. He will be missed by many others who were fortunate to know him over the years.
He is preceded in death by his parents, John E. and Anne (Solway) Krivesti, and his pet girls Emma, Luci, and Rose and our felines (Kitkat, Sam, and Buffy); two aunts, Vera Saylor (New Riegel, OH) and Mary Krivesti (Athens).
Mike graduated from The Plains High School in June 5, 1966. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on Aug. 1967 and served in Vietnam from Feb. 1968 to April 1970. He received the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart Medal. While in Vietnam he was a Team Leader and operated Rome Plows of the 60th Land Clearing Company called the “Jungle Eaters”. He last met up with his military brothers during a Vietnam Landclearer’s Reunion held in Colorado Springs, CO in August of 2018.
He was employed with the Ohio Operating Engineers from 1971 to 1988. He retired in 2008 from Ohio Jobs and Family Services, where he was an Employment Veterans Representative. He received many certificates and citations for working with the Veterans of Athens and Hocking Counties. He was also certified as a County Veterans Service Commissioner in 1996.
His memberships included Paramuthia Lodge No.25 Masonic Lodge since October 1987; a Life Member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7174, The Plains, OH since June 1996; Disabled American Veterans since 1982; AMVETS since June 1991; and a member of National Rifle Association.
Mike loved racing of all kinds and raced jeeps in his young adulthood. He loved off-road racing and has many trophies and pictures for us to treasure the memories. He could often be seen on the Hocking River in an airboat in the early 2000 years. Most of all, he loved his heaven on earth home on Salem Road where he and wife Sandi walked many miles on trails with many walks under a moonlight sky.
A special thank you to our dear friends Jack Stauffer, Audrey Milliron, Hospice Nurses and Staff, and Dr. Fulks for being there when we needed you.
A private family graveside service will be held at New Marshfield Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with Jagers & Sons Funeral Home, Athens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a local animal shelter or OhioHealth Home Care and Hospice, or a local charity of your choice. Please share a memory, a note of condolence or sign the online register at www.jagersfuneralhome.com.