Michael "Melo" Totzauer


December 23, 2021


Michael "Melo" Totzauer, 92, of Trout Creek, died peacefully at home with his loving wife of 63 years by his side on November 21, 2021. Michael was born in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia, to Joseph and Maria Totzauer. He escaped Communist Czechoslovakia with two friends and was able to immigrate to Canada where he went to Bible College. He met his wife Beverly Havies while attending college and they were married soon after. Michael and Beverly were constant and loving companions till the end. Michael moved to the USA and attended Bethel University in Minnesota, where he graduated with a BA and received his teaching credentials as well as becoming an ordained minister. He went on to pastor six churches and taught high school history and foreign languages. Michael and Beverly lived in Montana more than 25 years with the last 6 years in Trout Creek where they found their forever place.

Michael held many different jobs and titles, but his favorites were husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. One of his favorite pastimes was dancing with his great grandchildren or taking them on walks when he could. Michael is survived by his children Debbie and Mark Mills of California, David Totzauer of Washington, Lori Totzauer of Arizona, Steven and Melissa Totzauer of Montana, Dwayne and Mya Totzauer of Minnesota and Francesca and Carl Goreth of California as well as seventeen grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents and daughter in law Emi Totzauer.

The family would also like to thank Hospice of Sanders County as well as Sunset Hills Funeral Home for their outstanding professionalism and compassion.

No services are planned at this time.


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