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Mike Risting

September 24, 1959 — January 28, 2023

Forest Lake

Mike (Michael) Risting, age 63, of Forest Lake, formerly of Woodbury, passed away unexpectedly however, peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, January 26, 2023. He was a warm and loving father, brother, uncle, great-uncle, and friend who lived an enthusiastic, fulfilled life.
Mike was born on September 24, 1959, to Jeanette and Marlyn Risting in Winona, Minnesota. He grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and graduated from Washington Senior High School. Mike was referred to as the 'class clown' entertaining everyone with his humor. While his sisters took to riding horses, Mike preferred riding his dirt bike. A gifted athlete growing up, Mike played basketball and baseball, among many other activities which carried into his later life.
Following his high school graduation, Mike attended Mankato State University where he graduated with a degree in Business. Mike worked for Keebler/Kelloggs as a Sales District Manager. During his time with the company, he created life-long relationships by bringing his sense of humor and kind soul to work each day. With a passion for working hard, Mike was a reliable person, with a light-hearted personality.
On June 24, 1996, Mike Risting and Fay Luthe had their daughter, Alexandra (Ally) Luthe. Mike was a devoted and loving father. He was extremely involved in every aspect of his daughter's life. Mike cherished the traditions that they created together. He loved Ally wholeheartedly and gave her a world of love and support. “I am heartbroken over the loss of my father, but I know dad would want me to continue to laugh every day and be happy.”
His nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews describe Mike as the 'fun uncle' while growing up, playing the airplane game, among other exciting activities. Mike was an avid golfer, spending his summers playing new courses, and teaching his daughter the game. Mike enjoyed fishing on Lake Okoboji knowing it wasn’t just about catching fish but also to enjoy the outdoors.
In 2014, Mike went to the Forest Lake Home Depot to run an errand. Noticing a help wanted sign, of course it was in his nature to help! Mike then began his 'second life career' as a Home Depot Supervisor. Mike considered his coworkers to be family.
He enjoyed learning something new each day, and selflessly would do whatever it took to help those around him. If someone needed his help, he was willing to step up and lend a hand. He was extremely kind and generous to those around him. He was able to connect with people and make them feel welcomed, relaxed, and appreciated.
Mike is survived in death by his daughter, Alexandra Luthe; three sisters, Debbie Risting, Kathy (Ron) Rick, and Vicki Hughes; the mother of his daughter, Fay Luthe and her family; special friend Bonnie Furin and her family; many nieces, nephews, great- nieces and nephews, other family members, and friends, including his Keebler/Kelloggs and Home Depot families.
Mike is preceded in death by his mother, father, and stepmother Frances Risting. In addition to, Samson, Shelby, and Precious, his loyal dogs.
As requested by Mike, there will not be a funeral service at this time. We ask that you take the time to hug your loved ones, spend time together, appreciate the little moments, and most importantly, smile and laugh together.
Condolences can be directed to Alexandra Luthe (13714 Wentworth Avenue, Burnsville, MN 55337) and other family members. In memory of Mike's love for golf, please consider donating to the following organizations supporting the game of golf and providing affordable access to youth golfers.
Youth On Course Minnesota
Minnesota Golf Association
To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Mike Risting, please visit our flower store.

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