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Assistant Chief
Age: 59
Year of Death: 2022

Michael L. Moody

Michael Lee “Mike” Moody was born on March 5, 1963. He lived his whole life in the very small town of Purdum, Nebraska, population 10. Mike began going to fires from the time he was in high school. He served on the Purdum Rural Fire Department for over 40 years. At the time of his passing, he had been the assistant fire chief.

He was very dedicated to helping others. Whenever a fire call came in, he would be the first to the truck, not because he enjoyed going; he was there to help his neighbors save their land and structures.

Mike was a very devoted family man. He had two children and two stepsons who he treated as his very own. He loved spending time with his three grandchildren. Mike would have been married for 35 years. He leaves behind his mother, Sherry Mulligan; wife, Cheryl; son, Jack; daughter, Hollie; stepsons, Jeff Pflaster and Jared (Ashley) Pflaster; and his grandchildren, Rylyn, Alexis, and Jhett.

Mike loved doing anything outside. He loved hunting and especially fishing. He loved to rise early to see the sunrise every day. He loved to take the grandkids out to see the pastures, check cows, and see what wildlife they could see. He had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh. He is missed by many, but we know he is in God’s hands, which gives us comfort.

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