Michael Kale Wetherell(Mike) passed away on January 31st following complications from a stroke that he had suffered 11 years ago. He was born on 8/20/1937 to Maxine and Robert Wetherell while they resided in Mexico, Missouri. He was the youngest of four boys (brothers Robert, Thomas, and David). At a young age his family moved to Bozeman where he attended grade school, high school, and college. He was an excellent writer & worked on the student newspaper in his time at college. He earned a business degree from Bozeman and moved to Seattle to work as a real estate appraiser for FHA. Mike chafed at office work and eventually moved back to Montana to drive a truck. Owning and operating a small trucking company was a passion for Mike, he took great pride in having the cleanest trucks on the road and successfully operated his trucking company from 1966 until the time of his stroke in 2007.
While trucking was both a hobby and a job for Mike he still cultivated several outside interests that included skiing, riding motorcycles, and classic cars. Mike grew up skiing at Bridger Bowl and continued to enjoy skiing all over the state with his family as he aged. Another early life interest was riding off-road motorcycles. He spent countless hours travelling the back country on motorcycles with friends and family. Mike was very proud of his cars and trucks, his 1940 Ford Coupe was the subject of an article in Hot Rod magazine and he often talked about mounting a receiver hitch to a Porsche in order to pull his motorcycle trailer. His hobbies & work resulted in a large circle of friends both near & far that he was very proud to have.
Mike married Sally (Rauser) on 12/28/1973 and had two children, Kale (Sharlene) Helena, MT and Carrie Hogan (Kip) Nairobi, Kenya. Mike took great pride in being a great provider for his family. He was a devoted father and contrary to popular opinion was not as strict as he portrayed himself. He provided strong guidance as the patriarch of the family and will be sorely missed.
A few sayings that stick out that dad stated a lot were….EVERY time you would ask him how his day was in the truck, he would say ”Everything just clicked today,” it was a great day. And of course….”Keep on truckin”
Mike was preceded in death by his parent and brothers. He is survived by his wife, children, and grandchildren- Connor, Lauren, Jack, Sam, Ben & Charlotte.
Our family would like to thank not only our friends & family that have supported us the 4 years that dad was at Apple Cooney Rehab but also the staff there & the St. Peter’s Hospice staff. We feel blessed that dad is finally at peace & free of the body he had been trapped in for the past 11 years.
A celebration of his life will take place 2:00 p.m.to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, February 10th at Yatson Restaurant, 22 W Main St in East Helena. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Mike’s name be made to the Hospice of St. Peter’s Hospital c/o St. Peter’s Hospital, 2475 Broadway, Helena, MT 59601. Please visit below to offer the family a condolence or share a memory of Mike.