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Michael Joe Tibbetts


Michael Joe Tibbetts

May 18, 1992 - June 25, 2019

Michael J. Tibbetts, age 27, of Ogema, MN, died unexpectedly, Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at Sanford Health in Fargo, ND, as a result of injuries sustained in an accident.

Michael Joe Tibbetts, the son of Eugene "Umsy" and Rosella Tibbetts, was born on May 18, 1992, in Detroit Lakes, MN. At a young age, per his request to his mom he lovingly became known as "Bubb". He grew up in the Ogema area and attended school in the Waubun-Ogema School District. In high school, he was nominated Sno Daze King, on the A honor roll and shined on the basketball court. Following graduation in 2010 from Waubun High School, Michael entered the work force. He worked for Gordon Construction, L&S Drywall and the Maintenance Department for White Earth Nation. After several years, Michael decided to further his education. He started at NDSU, then transferred to Northland Community College in Thief River Falls, MN, and earned his Associate of Science in Business at UND in Grand Forks, ND. Michael was currently working as the Economic Development Director for the White Earth Nation.

Bubb was loved by everyone and cherished time with his friends and family, especially his sister, Natalie. He was a selfless, fun-loving kid, who always meant well, and was known to give advice for the betterment of everyone, or at least he thought so. Michael was neat and orderly and liked to keep things tidy, particularly with his vehicles. Some of his favorite times were ice fishing, going to WE Fest, hanging out with friends and frequenting the casinos. Bubb also loved country music and leeching with his mom, something they had been doing together since he was only 9 years old. Michael respected life, enjoyed every breath, and had a great outlook on things. Although he is gone to soon, memories of his contagious smile and huge heart will live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved him.

Michael is survived by his parents, Eugene "Umsy" and Rosella Tibbetts of Ogema, MN; one brother, Eugene "Tuffy" (Lori) Tibbetts of Waubun, MN; three sisters: Melissa Jackson, also of Waubun, Brittany Tibbetts of White Earth, MN, and Natalie Tibbetts of Ogema; grandmother, Rosie (Doug Fairbanks) Fairbanks of Ogema; six nieces and nephews: Cash, Reed, Ryder, Aubree, Braileigh and Arriana; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by grandparents, Raymond Joe Fairbanks & Elmer and Jane Tibbetts and great grandma Lorraine Keezer.

Memorial Services will be held Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 11 am at St. Benedict's Catholic Church in White Earth, MN. A time of gathering will be held one-hour prior at the church. Inurnment will take place at Calvary Cemetery in White Earth.


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