Urius Wayne "Mickey" Packineau (Riding a Roan Horse), 77, Parshall, died Monday, May 7, 2012, in a Mandan hospice facility.
Mickey was born Oct. 4, 1934, in Elbowoods, to George and May (Montclair) Packineau. He attended elementary school in Lucky Mound and high school in Elbowoods, where he was salutatorian of the last graduating class. Upon graduating he attended Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kan. He joined the Air Force on May 31, 1955, and served in Korea and Japan. He was honorably discharged on Oct. 13, 1958.
He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Delores Foote, on Aug. 12, 1958, in Stanley. He attended the North Dakota State School of Science, Wahpeton, in 1963 and graduated with an associate's degree in electronic technology. He then relocated his family to San Jose, Calif., where he studied radio and TV communications. Upon his return he worked for the Community Action Program, Gillies Construction Co. and various masonry construction companies. He was employed with LCM in 1987-1991. From 1991 until the present, he worked at Fort Berthold Housing Authority as a carpenter/supervisor/building inspector.
While with FBHA he formed many lasting friendships with his co-workers. He was well known as being the first person at work and rarely missed a day. He enjoyed his job and was still working up until the time of his illness.
Some of his favorite pastimes were following his grandchildren's sporting events. One of his proudest moments was when his twin grandchildren, Neil and Nathaniel, won the N.D. State Class "B" Boys Basketball Tournament Championship in 2007. In February of this year he drove to all the Parshall Lady Braves Basketball district and regional games and never let on that he was sick. He stressed to his children and grandchildren how important education was and was very proud of their accomplishments. His other favorite pastimes included reading, attending rodeo events and watching the NFR and PBR on television. He enjoyed participating in Post 9061 activities, and served as past commander. He could be seen at grand entries proudly wearing his "yellow jacket." He was a proud member of the U.S Air Force and was an active member of the VFW for 35 years.
Mick is survived by his wife of 54 years, Delores, of Parshall; his children, Susie Simpson, Cindy Packineau, Mervin Packineau (Tina), CJ Packineau (Patsy), Monte Packineau and Patrick Packineau (Rhonda), all of Parshall; grandchildren, Donessa, Jodi and Wayne Simpson, Shaun Packineau, Neil, Nathaniel, Shanaye, Kiara and Mahki Packineau, Betty, Cassie, Vincent and Montessa Packineau, Nicole Packineau, KayCee, Cheyenne and Sheridyn Packineau; and great-grandchildren, Isabella and Braxton Packineau, Arianna Packineau and Lamaya Rasmussen; brother, Emerson (Doris) Packineau, of Parshall; sisters, Alice Harwood, of Aberdeen, S.D., Ramona Two Shields, Iva Gillies, Enola (Allen) Pond, all of Parshall, and June Packineau, South San Francisco, Calif.; many nieces and nephews; and his adopted children, Wanda (Fox) Mossett, Mark Fox and Susan "Arkie" Adolph
He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, George Jr., Leslie (Dusty) and Charles (Bunda); grandchildren, Jace, Dakota and Trevone; son-in-law, Dale Simpson; and his longtime best friend Mr. Tom, his loyal cat.
Funeral: Saturday, May 12, at 11 a.m., in Parshall City Auditorium, Parshall.
Wake: Today, Friday, beginning at 5 p.m. in the auditorium.
Burial: Memorial Congregational Cemetery, rural Parshall.
(Langhans Funeral Home, Parshall)
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