Michael Thomas Fargo

December 15, 1935


October 27, 2020

Michael Thomas Fargo

December 15, 1935


October 27, 2020

Michael Thomas Fargo, 84, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Billings.

Born on Dec. 15, 1935, in Billings to R.C. and Helen Fargo, he was the fourth of their five children. He attended MSU Bozeman, where he studied engineering. He married Murnell Mikkelson on Feb. 27, 1960, and late that same year they moved to Alaska. For the next 30 years, he built highways all over the State for the Department of Transportation, where he started as an instrument man on a survey crew and retired as an Assistant Regional Construction Engineer. Yet his greatest accomplishment was his love of taking care of and raising his family; he and Murnell opened their home and hearts to a number of foster children over their years in Alaska. In 1995, he and Murnell retired and moved back to Billings, where he was an active member of the community, as well as a devoted Christian who very much enjoyed providing support to his church and congregation.

He is survived by his wife, Murnell; his four sons, John and wife Narissa, Allen and wife Carla, Paul, and foster son Michael. He was preceded in death by his parents; and four siblings Charles, James, John and Margaret “Peggy.”

There will be a private family service and burial at Holy Cross Cemetery. He will be extremely missed by so many.

Condolences may be made at www.michelottisawyers.com.

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7 thoughts on “Michael Thomas Fargo”

  1. So sorry for your loss! We truly enjoyed Mike and Murnell bringing in their fur babies to the vet. He was such a gentle hearted man, with a great smile and sense of humor! He will be missed! Prayers and hugs!!🙏🙏💕💕

  2. Often it can be hard to find the right memories to share when someone you care about passes— but I have no doubt which one Mike would want me to share.

    After he and Murnell moved to Billings, they spent a lot of time with my younger brother and me. They really were a “great” great aunt and uncle to have around. Mike and Murnell took us out for food, we went to movies and—on this one occasion— we went to the park to play baseball. At one point while playing, Mike told me that I’d “make an old man out of him.” I was 8 years old or so at the time and I’m pretty sure it was the first time I had heard that expression. So, I responded with, “Mike, you’re *already* an old man.”

    He thought that was pretty funny. And I do, too. Especially since that was 25+ years ago. I guess he showed me. I’m going to miss him tremendously. But, I’m so glad to have the memories that I’ll remember when I’m an *old man.*

  3. Heaven received a good man and the Church community mourns. I do hope he and Sister Delores are enjoying a reunited friendship, Murnell, you have my sincere sympathy. You lost a good man. Mary Jo MacIntyre

  4. Always loved seeing Mike (and Murnell) at St. Patrick’s. Mike was always smiling and welcoming with a great sense of humor. So sorry to hear this news – my sympathies and prayers for you Murnell and all of your family. Ruth.

  5. Shirley M Schmidt

    Years ago when Mike was the “pick up guy” for Family Support Network, I remember Mike picking up a twin bed for donation from my mother. After Mike left she told me he was one of the nicest men she had met. She did not have to tell me that Mike was a great man. Shirley

  6. Michael was one of the kindest men I have ever known. He always had a smile and I loved his laugh. He will be greatly missed. Heaven gained a true angel

  7. To Murnell and family,
    So sorry to hear of Michael’s passing. It won’t seem like a regular St. Patrick’s mass with out Mike and Murnell in attendance. My thoughts and prayers are with you! Kristi Schiff

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