Michael Lempka

Michael D. Lempka, 51, of Wood River, died on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at CHI – St. Francis in Grand Island.  Memorial services will be held on Friday, May 7, 2021 at 1 p.m. at Solt-Wagner Funeral Home in Central City.  Visitation will be on Friday, from 11 a.m. until service time.  Inurnment will be held at a later date.

Memorials are suggested to Crystal Lempka for later designation. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.soltwagnerfuneral.com.

Michael Dean Lempka was born on November 9, 1969 to Michael L. and Julie A. (McPhillips) Lempka in Grand Island.  Michael grew up in Central City, then moved to Rifle, Colorado in High School.  He graduated from Rifle High School in 1987.  Following his graduation he moved back to Central City and began working alongside his Dad as an electrician. His Dad taught him everything he knew and Michael would continue the love for trade his whole adult life. Michael has 2 daughters Shawna and Brandi from a previous marriage. They were his world, his everything. In 2010 he met and fell in love with Crystal and her 2 daughters, NovaAnn and Vanessa. In 2011 his son Blake was born. On August 26, 2016 Michael and Crystal married in Wood River in the home they would share as their own, making a crazy loving family of 7.  

Michael was always 1st in line to help anyone. To his loving Mom, Julie and Aunt Linda, to a neighbor or a stranger on the road, and of course any stray animal in need. Michael enjoyed working on truck motors, being outdoors, a good country cruise and spending time with his family and friends. He was an animal lover and always had pets that would quickly become one of his kids. Michael always put his heart and pride in everything he did in his life. His passion showed through every project he touched. Michael was a man of honor and always put the needs of his family before his. 

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife; Crystal Lempka of Wood River, his mother; Julie Lempka of Central City, his father; Mike Lempka of Center, MO, his children; Shawna (James Krajicek) Lempka of Grand Island, Brandi Lynn Wetzel (Lempka) her husband Alex of Clay Center; NovaAnn, Vanessa and Blake Lempka of Wood River, his sister; Brandi Lempka of Lincoln, his brothers; Teddy Lempka and Skyler Lempka of Center, MO, his grandchildren; Braxton Michael, Jenna Lempka, and Jacob Wetzel, his nephews; Cyrus Thompson and Kane Thompson and niece; Jaden Thompson.

He was preceded in death by his sister; Jonni Faye Lempka and niece; Ashley (Lempka) Ronnfeldt.