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of Corcoran, MN

August 14, 1956 – September 4, 2023


Saturday, September 23, 2023

one hour prior to the service

The Peterson Chapel – St. Michael, MN

Memorial Service

Saturday, September 23, 2023

11:00 a.m.

The Peterson Chapel – St. Michael, MN

Michael Thomas (Joseph) Uthe was born in Brookings, SD on August 14th, 1956. The second of four children born to Lavonne and Thomas Uthe, Michael grew up sharing all things with his sisters, Kaye, Marla and Lori.
He progressed through various trades in his younger years from building bridges and laying foundations for commercial buildings, to beginning a long journey of mastery in general contracting.
While working as a union carpenter in Houston, TX he met the love of his life Lynn (Klicker) Uthe who lived in the same apartment complex. After less than two years the happy couple married in 1983 and in the years that followed had a son Michael Robert and daughter Kota.
Michael was a gifted self-taught engineer, generous with his knowledge and time. Traditional methods were not his standard. Through his own research and innovation he formed several companies and was granted four US patents. From 1983 through the 1990’s Michael worked as a carpenter remodeling residential and commercial properties.  From 1996 until 2001 he was President of Enhanced Recovery, Inc., an environmental remediation company employing microwave technology.  In 2001, he and his father in law, Robert Klicker formed Centura Oil, Inc.  Over the years, his work brought him around the United States to various oil and gas operations as well as to London and Canada where he worked alongside his dear friend and colleague, Chad Barnett, in the uranium mines of Cameco utilizing Jet Edge technology. From 2016 until days before he passed, Michael continued his building and remodeling projects as his health allowed.  No project was too daunting for Michael as he could not believe in the word “no.” If there was any way to accomplish a task, he would work until he found it.
He was a big man, not so much in stature, but in spirit, in intellect and in the intensity with which he lived. The owner of a quick wit, a quick mind, and at times, a quick temper! He possessed a fearless, passionate heart for those he loved. His genuine compassion and concern knew no bounds, and often included politics and world inequality. Unvarnished and unfiltered; fiercely a champion of the little guy.
Loving father and husband, a mentor, an artist, an inventor, a talented golfer and chef, an expert in his trade.

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