Michael Herrlein


October 29, 1966 - July 12, 2021


Michael Herrlein, 54, of Mitchell, SD, died Monday, July 12, 2021 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Thursday, July 15, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Wednesday, at Holy Family Catholic Church with a 6:30 PM Scripture Service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Mike Herrlein was given the “gift of gab” by his parents Carolyn (Smith) Reis and Donald Joseph Herrlein Sr. on October 29, 1966.  His gift was appreciated by all who knew him but especially his six siblings who were often given the saving grace of Mike’s quick wit. Mike grew up and later worked around cattle and crops throughout the years.  Often, Mike would tell stories about the scrapes he would get into while working cattle such as roping calves with “good mothers”, next to pivots or in feedlots.

Mike liked to have fun.  He would often tell of a time when someone’s car was put on blocks just enough so the tires would spin, bajaing with vehicles in unique places, and replying with funny phrases.  Some of these also got Mike into trouble such as when a boat rider said: “Dad, I see the bottom!”

Mike spent most of his adult life “fixing things” and “getting it done”.  This was easily demonstrated in his work as a mechanic while living in NE.  One night, Mike was in a car wreck after which he touched a live electrical powerline.  Afterward, the “Bandit” was constantly teaching everyone how to do things in new ways such as tying shoes and changing diapers with one hand.  He also attended Black Hills State University and the University of South Dakota attaining a Business administration degree.

Mike found his match in his wife when evaluating whose billiard skills were better.  Tammie and Mike were married in September 2004.  Three of his proudest moments were when his boys Andrew, Jordan, and Conor were born.  He loved to camp, hunt (deer, pheasant, and waterfowl), fish and watch old western movies and Yellowstone with the boys.

Mike’s latest adventure was also his favorite job as a Crop Insurance Agent where clients became his friends and family.  Mike was thankful every day for those he worked with over the phone and on his many road trips in the region.  Mike would often be driving down the road talking on the phone, eating a cheeseburger while trying to catch farmers.

Mike is survived by his wife, Tammie; sons, Andrew (19), Jordan (13), and Conor (9); mother, Carolyn (Brad) Reis; brother, Joe Herrlein; sisters, Laura Herrlein, Koreena (Lance) Strande, Melissa (Darrin) Tille, Holly (Jesse Turpin) Reis, and Amy (Brandan) Moe; and numerous nephews and nieces.




Wednesday, July 14, 2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 PM Scripture Service

Holy Family Catholic Church
222 N Kimball St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Thursday, July 15, 2021
10:30 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
222 N Kimball St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Calvary Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Darlene Cudmore Sperling on July 15, 2021
I have a heavy heart for all of the family, I did not know Mile but Knowing Marge & Co , years ago, what a great family, a very sad time for them! God Bless you all!
Posted by Arnie & Debbie Storms on July 15, 2021
Sorry for your loss. I am grateful that Mike was in my life for a little bit in high school. I fell victim to a couple of fun pranks by Mike. Mike was always kind. See ya later ol friend until we meet again~~~Debbie
Posted by Glen Lowrie on July 14, 2021
Tammie & family - want you to know that Mike was much more than an employee to me. He was a great guy that did a great job for our agency but so much more by becoming a very good friend to me. We spent many a time talking about many things - crop insurance, farmers, the boys, each of our pasts and on & on. Mike was dedicated to his family as well as our business. A scary thing - we thought a lot alike when it came to servicing our clients and how to handle different issues. He was always willing to go the extra mile and volunteer to cover for me when I couldn’t. Mike had a very positive attitude which spilled over to the rest of us as well as our clients. This truly showed as he battled these past months but kept that positive attitude. Tammie, Mike will be sorely missed by the many he touched over the years and may that thought be a comfort to you and the boys. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you and may Gods comfort be known and felt by you.
Posted by Karen Schultz on July 14, 2021
Mike you will be missed! It was a pleasure working with him the last few years. He was always available to answer my questions. Prayers to Tammie, Andrew, Jordan and Conor.
Posted by Ron and Lori Earl on July 14, 2021
So sorry to hear of Mike's passing. You all are in our prayers. Ron is going to miss his favorite agent!
Posted by Dan and Connie Muller on July 14, 2021
So sorry to hear Mike passed.Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Posted by Kent Huckins on July 14, 2021
I have many great memories of Mike and our conversations about his boys. Andrew, Jordan and Conor your dad was so proud of you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you, as are the thoughts and prayers of the entire Pierre Swim Team family.
Posted by Beverly Molkenthin on July 14, 2021
Memories will become treasures
With Sympathy
Posted by Janet Penticoff on July 14, 2021
I am so very sorry to hear about Mike's passing. He was a great guy! I always enjoyed visiting with him during the swim meets at the Y. Prayers and hugs for your hole family. Hugs!
Posted by John Tyler on July 14, 2021
The staff of Mitchell Middle School sends our sympathies to Jordan, Tammie and the rest of the family. I visited with Mike several times this past school year, and enjoyed his down to Earth approach to parenting and life in general. Jordan and family, you will all be in our prayers. God Bless.
Posted by Dick and Judy McQueen on July 13, 2021
Sending sympathy and prayers to Tammie and boys at this very difficult time. RIP Mike
Posted by Melanie Smith on July 13, 2021
Tammie my thoughts and prayers are with you and the boys. Your loss of Mike breaks so many hearts. Please know you have friends far and wide to help with anything, even just a shoulder to cry on. Love & Bless you dear friend.
Posted by Joanne Eddy on July 13, 2021
My deepest sympathy in the loss of your Loved One, Mike!
Prayers to all as you go through this difficult time! God bless!
Posted by Wayne Gronseth on July 13, 2021
Mike you were a great guy to have as a crop insurance agent. You will be greatly missed as will your family miss you. Thank you for your friendship.
Posted by Judy Miiller on July 13, 2021
My deepest heartfelt sympathy for you, Tammie, and your boys. May God bless you all and give you strength and the faith to continue on through each day ahead. Hold on to those precious memories.
Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Jim Grace Radke on July 13, 2021
So Sorry for your the loss of a good neighor we will mishim we will pray for Mike
Posted by Brian and Lorrie Berg on July 13, 2021
Our thoughts prayers and love go out to all of❤️❤️❤️
Posted by Deb Tilton on July 13, 2021
Andy and family so very sorry for your loss-Tate always spoke highly of Mike and going out and doing things with Andy and Mike. Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Karen and Craig Nedved on July 13, 2021
Tammie and Boys, our condolences to you during this time of sorrow. May all your wonderful memories bring comfort to you..lifting you up in prayer🙏
Posted by Mary Lawver on July 13, 2021
It saddens our hearts to see someone who is so treasured and loved leave so soon, but we all know tears of sorrow will turn to tears of joy when you meet again.
God Bless you in Heaven and God bless your loved ones on earth.
Posted by Bill and Tonna Hughes on July 13, 2021
Tammie and boys, we are so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. He was a great guy and will be missed by everyone who knew him. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Tammy Lowrie on July 13, 2021
Mike will be greatly missed. When he came to work at our agency he immediately fit right in and was so easy to work with. He was dedicated to his work as was obvious when he would take phone calls to help clients even while on vacation, or on his weekends and in the evening at home. Mike was old school when it came to customer service and dedication. He loved his wife, Tammie, and his boys that is for sure. His pride in his family was obvious. He was more than a co-worker, he was a friend. Prayers are ongoing for Tammie and the boys.
Posted by Judy and Dave Wardlow on July 13, 2021
Our prayers are with you and your family. God bless you all 🙏
Posted by Andy and Teresa Ziehl on July 13, 2021
So sorry for your loss.
Posted by Gerry and Julie Picek on July 13, 2021
Tammie and Family…Our hearts are heavy for you and the boys. Hoping faith and strength will lift you up knowing he is in Gods care.
Posted by Rick Wick on July 13, 2021
Sorry for your loss.
Posted by Rick Wick on July 13, 2021
Sorry for your loss.
Posted by Doc and Sherry Skewes on July 13, 2021
Saddened for the loss of this great guy. Much loved by HOLLYBROOK Farms personnel and Doc and I. May GOD be with each of you during this time.
Posted by Lynn and Ed Thiry on July 13, 2021
We are so very sorry for your loss of Mike, he fought a hard battle and he is at peace now. Your whole family is in our thoughts and prayers!!
Posted by Tom and Stephanie Long on July 13, 2021
We are saddened to hear of your loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers!
Posted by Pat & Dean Miller on July 13, 2021
Tammie & Family, Thinking and Praying for you all at this difficult time, Mike was a Great Person! Hugs & God Bless You All🙏❤️
Posted by April snd Darin Hodges on July 13, 2021
Beautiful tribute for a heartbreaking loss. Our hearts are with you all!
Posted by Ed and Eileen Anderson on July 13, 2021
Was so glad I was able to know Mike and have him as a neighbor.
Enjoyed seeing him and chatting with him a few weeks ago. He will be missed!! Our prayers and condolences to Tammy and family as they go thru this difficult time.
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