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Michael Brendan Nelson (Goding), age 50 of Sandstone, MN, passed away on September 4, 2019. He was born in Wheaton, MN on June 14, 1969 to Thomas and Vicki (Nelson) Goding. When Mike was eight years old, he and his family moved from Minnetonka to Loretto, where he spent most of his childhood.

After attending school in Rockford, he worked various jobs in the area as a machinist. He worked for CB Quality and also worked in his Dad’s shop. Mike liked to dabble in numerous entrepreneurships when he wasn’t working as a machinist. He loved woodworking and being able to build projects around the house.

Mike was known for being a very kind and open person. He was easy to get along with and had a big, generous heart. Known for his outgoing personality, he was able to make friends quickly and formed many long-lasting friendships. He was someone you couldn’t forget because of his sense of humor; he was the practical joker of the family! Mike did have a soft side, and loved animals, especially his two cats. Throughout the past several years he found a new connection in his faith; Jesus was his best friend.

Mike recently found his new home in Sandstone, MN. He loved the area, being able to hunt and fish and made so many new friends. In fact, he designed and was in the process of building his own house with the help of many his new friends. Mike loved taking his motorcycle for rides in the area and was a member of a motorcycle club in the Pine City area called, “The Jack Pine Riders”. Spending time riding on the open road was one of his favorite past times.

He is preceded in death by his father, Tom; and grandma, Margie.

Mike is survived by his son, Zach Heiskary; mother Vicki Goding; siblings, Jeremy (Kelly) and Juli (Rob); former spouse, Kris Nelson and her son, Kole Krueger; and many other relatives and close friends.

A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 2 PM with visitation one hour prior at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo and online condolences for the family may be directed to

13 Guestbook Entries

  1. Arnie Peterson

    RIP My friend,God speed.

  2. Ron Redding

    To a good friend that left us way to early. Sue and I will miss your humor and the time we were able to spend together. People always say your in a better place, but I’m a little selfish and would rather have you here. Until we meet again my friend.
    Ron and Sue Redding

  3. Anne and Cass

    You are greatly missed. Rest In Peace

  4. Anita Velde

    I’m so saddened by the loss of such a great person who has also been a wonderful friend to my brother the last 35 years. Mike was a great person. I have many memories from our high school days…including going out and kicking up dust on the dirt roads in his white Buick Skylark. Mike was the kind of guy you wanted to be around he was fun, he was funny and he was kind. He was also the most handsome prom date…oh the fun we had…I still have my dance ticket from the night. My most fond memories are of his infectious laugh, his great smile, his fun free spirit and his kind heart. You will be missed by many Mike. I will see you on the other side one day….be ready to dance cuz I’m gonna come looking for you.

  5. Alissa Johnson

    So sorry to hear this news. Thinking and praying for the family during this difficult time. Love, Alissa (Goding) Johnson and family

  6. Susan Marklowitz' Schindler

    So sorry to hear this~Mike was one of a kind, a very gentle & kind soul. I haven’t seen Mike in quite awhile, but I have never forgotten about the silly things he used to do. Like the family said…. he was a jokester, very fun to be around. Someone you never forget. My thoughts & prayers go out to his family, all all who had the pleasure of knowing Mike. R.I.P. Goober

  7. Eric Wahnschaffe

    You will be missed and never forgotten.

  8. Cindy Rapp

    You are greatly missed. May you rest in peace.
    Kyle and Cindy

  9. Erik and Crystal Nelson

    We will sure miss your laugh and smile. The muni and Pine County won’t be the same without you!!!! RIP Mike

  10. Todd Maciey

    God speed Mike, glad I was able to see you a while back. R.I.P. Buddy

  11. Nancy Doboszenski

    So sorry to hear about Mike. He indeed was kind, and alot of fun to be around. Sending prayers to his friends and family for strength and comfort at this difficult time.
    R.I.P Mike

  12. Ted Berner

    To Mike’s Family, so sorry for your loss. It was always fun to see Mike and hear his stories, he had great stories. I will miss him a lot.

  13. Carole Pepin

    We were so saddened by the news of Mike’s passing He was a great guy & always fun to talk to. As everyone has said he was quite the jokester! We so enjoyed having him at our shop. We always had to be prepared for April Fools Day; greased door knobs & taped down telephones to name a few! RIP Mike You will be missed!! Carole & Bob Pepin


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