J. Mike Hady

A delayed stream of the service, available Wednesday, may be accessed by using https://www.mtmsales.net/thomas

J. Mike Hady, 93, Minot, died Tuesday, November 14, 2023 in his home surrounded by his loving family.

Mike was born on May 21, 1930 to John and Mildred (Buchan) Hady in Sandstone, Minnesota. He was the second of four children. He was raised on a farm five miles west of Pine City, MN on Mission Creek. He went to a country school through eighth grade and attended high school in Pine City, graduating in 1948. Mike recalled the best part of starting school in town was that there was running water and electricity.

Mike’s first paying job after graduation was setting up snow fence for Pine City, being paid fifty cents an hour. He moved to Bricelyn, MN and worked for his uncle in the Gamble store. Mike observed the salesmen who came into the store and decided that was what he wanted to do. He moved to St. Paul, MN and worked for Raymer Hardware in the warehouse, filling orders and hanging garage doors. Mike was a member of the Army National Guard as a 50 caliber machine gunner from 1947 to 1951.

Mike married Nancy Marie Fleming on September 20, 1952 in Pine City at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. They made their home in St. Paul and lived there until he convinced the president of Raymer Hardware that he could be a salesman. They moved to Minot in 1955. Mike traveled North Dakota for 40 years working for Raymer, The Ruberoid Company which became GAF Corporation, and Minot Builders Supply. He retired with the title of Territorial Manager for four states.

Mike won four President Awards and one Top Salesman Award by the Northwest Lumberman’s Association in Minneapolis for a seven-state region. He was secretary of the ND Lumberman’s Association for eight years. Mike drove over 2.5 million accident-free miles over the course of his career in North and South Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming.

Mike was an avid hunter and fisherman and taught his son, Kelly, and his grandsons how to safely and correctly hunt. He was a great story teller and enjoyed spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Mike was a member of St. John The Apostle Catholic Church, Minot where he served as a greeter. He was also a member of the Minot Country Club, Eagles Aerie, Moose Lodge, and was a lifetime member of the Elk’s Lodge. He was an active volunteer at the Norsk Hostfest for many years.

Those who shared in his life include his wife of 71 years, Nancy; daughter, Robin (Tim) Anderson, Starkweather; son, Kelly Hady (Regina Atienza), Minot; son-in-law, Reed Opland (Toni Bennett), Burlington; eleven grandchildren, Mike (Nicole) Opland, Des Lacs, Patrick (Melissa) Opland, Burlington, Benjamin (Heather) Opland, Burlington, Nancy Mykelbust, Devils Lake, Jefferson Opland (Nicole Sasso), Minot, John Opland, Grand Forks, Jessica Anderson, Devils Lake, Marques Anderson, Bismarck, John Anderson, Minnewakan, Collin Hady (Liliana Salinas), El Paso, Connor Hady, El Paso; great grandchildren, Annie Opland, Henry, Hanna, and Hazel Opland, Charlie, Audrey, and Kate Opland, Greta and Lewis Mykelbust, Oliver, Finley, and Neva Wirth, Myles Anderson, Leya Durbin; sister, Mary Winter, Coon Rapids, MN and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Michelle Opland; brother, Kenneth (Sharon) Hady; sister, Doris (Jerry) Mayer and brother-in-law, Lloyd Winter.

Mass of Christian Burial: Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John The Apostle Catholic Church, Minot. A delayed stream of the service, available Wednesday, may be accessed by using https://www.mtmsales.net/thomas
Interment: Rose Valley Lutheran Church Cemetery, Rural Des Lacs
Visitation: Monday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot
Vigil Prayer Service: Monday at 7:00 p.m. in the funeral home. 
Memorials are preferred to the Minot State University Athletic Department or Bishop Ryan High School Foundation.


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