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Dr. Michael Nesbit

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Laurel — Dr. Michael Nesbit, 75, Laurel, formerly of Tampa, Fla., died Oct. 13, 2020, at Elms Care Center, Ponca.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Oct. 23, at the Waterbury Funeral Service, Sioux City, Iowa.

Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Michael, the adopted son of Winifred “Winnie” (Suthard) and Everett Nesbit of Tampa, Fla., was born in St. Petersburg, Fla., Jan. 2, 1945. Michael graduated from Jefferson High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from University of South Florida. He then joined the U.S. Air Force and served for four years then attended the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, where he earned his doctorate in counseling. He was also a licensed mental health practitioner in the state of Nebraska. He married Cheryl Studley in 1982, and they had two children, Matthew and Michaela. They later divorced and Cheryl died in 2005.

Michael was an advocate for children and worked with kids in schools in Nebraska for 22 years for Laurel-Concord School and was also employed with the Educational Service Unit based in Wakefield, as a school psychologist. He volunteered his time as a counselor at Summer Camp Kaleo and for the Teammates mentorship program. He was a member of the Lion’s club for many years in Laurel.

He was a member of the Lion’s club for many years in Laurel.

Michael had many hobbies including hiking with his dogs and he was a certified scuba diver. He owned and operated a powered parachute. He was an avid traveler and had visited all 50 states. He also enjoyed world travel visiting countries such as Argentina, Australia, Ecuador, Galapagos Archipelago, Ireland, Egypt, Peru, Figi, China and South Africa. He was a Nebraska Huskers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers football fan. Above everything he loved visiting with his children and grandchildren.

Michael was loved by many and will be greatly missed for his caring, gentle and giving nature.

He is survived by his daughter, Michaela Nesbit, Sioux City, Iowa; a son, Matthew (Renae) Nesbit, Cape Coral, Fla.; one sister, Suzanne Lange, Tampa, Fla.; nieces, Lorna Lange, New York City, N.Y., and Anne Marie (Andy) Zyndorf, Tampa, Fla.; and his six grandchildren, Michael, Ava, Zoe, Ian, Eli and Mason.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his ex-wife, Cheryl (Studley) Kollbaum.