Michael Kiest

Obituary of Michael Steven Kiest

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Michael “Mike” Steven Kiest, 65, of Winamac, IN (formerly of Porter, IN) passed away at 9:11 AM on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Northwest Health Porter Hospital in Valparaiso, IN.  He was born on February 15, 1956 in Hammond, IN to the late Cecil Marion and Dorothy Marie [Black] Kiest.  Mike served in the US Marine Corps for four years.  On July 3, 1981, he married his best friend, Suzanne Marie Brassard in Charleston, SC.  Mike was the proud owner of Northern Indiana Mechanical; which is a family business that included his father, Cecil and brother, Terry. Mike was the Assistant Fire Chief of Porter Fire Department for many years.  He enjoyed fishing, especially on the Tippecanoe River.  Mike was a loving father, fierce defender, and devoted supporter of his daughters.  He cherished his granddaughters who brought him great joy and happiness.  He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. 


He is survived by:

Suzanne Marie [Brassard] Kiest, Winamac, IN Wife

Stefanie Marie Kiest, Chesterton, IN Daughter

Madeline Suzanne (Thomas) Kingery, Chesterton, IN Daughter

Isabella Nowka, Granddaughter

Adrianna Nowka, Granddaughter

Olivia Nowka, Granddaughter

Lynn Kingery, Granddaughter

John (Mary Ellen) Kiest, Brother

Beverly Rodda, Sister

Dennis (Patricia) Kiest, Brother

Terence (Cynthia) Kiest, Brother

Kimberly (Joel) Mora, Sister

Many Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins


Preceded in death by:

Cecil Marion and Dorothy Marie [Black] Kiest, Parents

Jerry Rodda, Brother-in-law



The family will host a Celebration of Life at a later date at his home on the Tippecanoe River. 


Although Mike was known to send flowers to funerals, we were talking during this time and he said he changed his mind.  He said, “People should take that money and do something fun and memorable with their own loved ones – and in the end, if they raised a glass to me, that would make me happier.”


Online Tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com.

Cremation Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.



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The family will host a Celebration of Life at a later date at his home on the Tippecanoe River.
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