Michael Reiff, affectionately known as Mike, passed peacefully in his home in Cheyenne, WY January 30, 2024. He left behind a legacy of kindness, love, and generosity that touched the hearts of everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. Born on January 5, 1947, in Omaha, NE to Lee and Mildred Reiff.
Mike's infectious love for life was evident from a young age. One of fondest memories shared by Pat was when Mike took him for a ride in his Boss 302 when he was just a little kid. This exhilarating experience created a bond between them that would last a lifetime. Another cherished memory involved Pat sneaking out to ride his bike from his own house down to Mike's house when he was only seven years old—a mischievous adventure that highlighted their deep friendship.
As a true cowboy at heart, Mike found solace and fulfillment in rodeo. He embraced the adrenaline rush of being a bull rider and willingly shared that passion with others. He dedicated countless hours of his time to Cheyenne Frontier Days, serving on multiple committees and contributing immensely to its success. Mike's commitment and love for the rodeo community will always be remembered.
During those carefree summer days, Pat eagerly looked forward to spending time at Mike's house in Superior Nebraska. Mike would take young Pat prairie dog hunting with a .22 caliber rifle—an experience that stirred up excitement and left lasting memories. They also made trips to the chicken coop together to collect fresh eggs—an activity that symbolized Mike's nurturing and giving nature.
Ever the selfless individual, Mike went above and beyond to help make his niece Taylor's wedding day truly special. The night before the wedding, a storm caused havoc with fallen tree branches and trunks scattered around. Without hesitation, Mike rolled up his sleeves and worked tirelessly alongside others to clean up the mess. He demonstrated that love and support extended beyond words, but through steadfast actions.
Mike's thoughtfulness knew no bounds, and he never missed an opportunity to celebrate his loved ones' milestones. His thoughtfully penned poems found their way into cards, delivered with warmth and affection on their special days. Each poem was a testament to Mike's creativity and his ability to touch hearts through simple yet profound gestures.
Faith played an essential role in Mike's life, as he honored others by having Mass said for them. His devotion and spiritual compass guided him to show compassion and generosity towards those who needed it most. It is a testament to the depth of his character that he embraced these acts of kindness wholeheartedly.
Beneath his cowboy exterior, Mike possessed a kind and loving soul that radiated warmth to all who knew him. His generous nature knew no bounds, extending far beyond the ranching life he cherished. He selflessly gave his time and resources to several charitable organizations, leaving a lasting impact on the community he held dear. As a neighbor, friend, and family member, Mike was deeply loved and appreciated by all.
Mike is survived by his brothers Terry and Pat, son Lee, and grandson Aiden. Mike joins his beloved daughter Carol. Mike also leaves behind a multitude of friends whose lives were forever touched by his love and friendship. Though physical distance may separate us now, the memories of Mike will forever unite our hearts in celebration of a remarkable individual who made this world a better place.
As we bid farewell to Mike today, let us remember him for his unwavering spirit, heartfelt compassion, and zest for life that will continue to inspire us all. May his soul find eternal peace on the open plains as he rides off into the sunset—forever a cowboy at heart.
A Memorial Service will be held at St. Mary's Cathedral on Thursday, February 15th at 10:00am.