Mike Ielmorini recently passed away in Bly. Mike left us the way he always said he wanted to when it was his time. He was horseback and working cattle.
Mike was born in Petaluma, Calif. and raised on a dairy ranch in Hicks Valley. Mike, with his wife Judi, moved to Oregon in 1988 and went to work for the Hammond Ranches, Inc. in Diamond/Frenchglen for a few years until he and Judi moved to Bly. Mike managed the River Springs Ranch for 25 years until it sold. He and Judi then purchased the old Paradise Ranch in Bly. Mike loved cows, his horses and his dogs. He loved going to brandings. He always was happiest when he was working cattle.
Mike was a good husband, a good father and leaves behind many good friends he made throughout his life. Mike was a hard worker and lived to have a good time. He liked to help his friends when they asked, he would be there.
Mike was preceded in death by: his father and mother, Henry and Vivian Ielmorini.
He leaves behind: his wife, Judi of 44 years; son and daughter-in-law, Mike Jr. and Cyndi of Petaluma; daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Mark Hawkins of Sebastopol; brother and sister-in-law, Henry “Pete” and Debbie Ielmorini; sister and brother-in-law, Diane and William Petersen; sister, Susie Ielmorini; grandchildren, Mike III and Jake Ielmorini, Ashley, Cody and Anthony Hawkins; and along with several nephews and nieces.
Mike’s wishes were there be no funeral service, but a Celebration of Mike’s life will be held on Saturday, June 1 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bly Gym in Bly.