A Celebration of Life for Michael “Mick” G. Bliven will be conducted from the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege, Nebraska on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. with Lonnie Bliven officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in Robb Cemetery in Gosper County.
Michael “Mick” Grant Bliven, 58 of Overton Nebraska died Friday, July 27, 2012 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska after a year-long battle with cancer. Mick was born January 19, 1954 in Lexington, Nebraska the third of seven children born to Alfred “Mike” and Mary (Stanford) Bliven.
Mick grew up in Lexington and Overton, and graduating from Lexington Senior High School with the class of 1972.
Mick owned and operated Bliven Construction Company of Lexington with his brother, Lonnie for many years. He loved life and being outdoors. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and special gatherings of friends and family. In 1979 he initiated and organized his grandmother, Margaret Faith Hughbanks’ annual family reunions that continue today. Mick was a wonderful husband, father, brother and friend to all, taking special care to watch over those whom he loved. He provided special attention to his mother-in-law, Mabel M. Bye. Mick loved following his University of Nebraska Cornhuskers sporting events, especially football and attended games whenever possible.
Mick was preceded in death by his grandparents; his father in 1995; his mother in 1998; father-in-law, Cecil H. Bye in 1996; and several aunts and uncles.
Mick is survived by his wife, Lois Bliven of Overton; his step-son, Brian Robinson of Overton; four brothers: Lonnie Bliven of Lexingtion, Nebraska, Ed Bliven and his wife, Denise of Jacksonville, Oregon, Tom Bliven of Overton, Nebraska, Don Bliven of Lexington, Nebraska two sisters: Mary Ford of Kennedale, Texas, Pat Pierce and her husband, David of Bertrand, Nebraska; mother-in-law, Mabel M. Bye of Overton; three brothers-in-law: Roy Bye and his wife, Sue of Grand Island, Nebraska, Dale Bye and his wife, Janet of Lexington, Melvin Bye and his wife, Darla of Overton; 10 nephews: Matt, Mike, Chris, Jason, Justin, Thomas, Nathan, Eric, Derek and Dustin and their families; 6 nieces: Jeannie, Seri, Tara, Chelle, Robin and Maggie and their families; as well as numerous great nieces and great nephews, two surviving Aunts Jeanne Gibson and June Rickers, multiple cousins, family members and friends. Special friends include Donna Wilson of Overton, Don Hennek of Lexington and Millie Nicks of Denver, Colorado.
There will be no visitation as the family is honoring his wish for cremation.
Memorials are suggested to the Overton Volunteer Fire Department or to the family to be designated at a later date.
Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com
The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.