Michael Raymond Kresha(1941 - 2012)

Michael Raymond Kresha January 12, 1941 - December 6, 2012 On December 6, Mike went home to be with the Lord after a prolonged battle with cancer. He was born on January 12, 1941, in Bakersfield, CA, to parents Mike Kresha Sr. and Lavoda Kresha. Mike's love of sports and competition began early in childhood. When it was predicted that he would not be able to play sports due to polio, Mike fought and overcame it. Years later, he was a standout athlete in North High's class of 1958. Upon graduation, Mike enlisted in the Navy and served his country for four years. After returning home, Mike attended Bakersfield College. He played baseball at BC, catching the eye of the Chicago White Sox before throwing out his arm. In 1967 Mike joined the California Highway Patrol and diligently served his community for over a decade in Law Enforcement. He finished his professional career performing investigations for Bank of America. Mike's life shined brightest through his relationships. This was seen especially with the love of his life for over 25 years, Cindy Kresha; his brother, Richard Kresha, with whom a special bond continued to grow over the years; his sons, Troy and Steven Kresha; and his close friends on the golf course. Mike was an excellent golfer and loved to be out on the course with his friends and family as often as he could. He and Cindy enjoyed traveling to golf tournaments around California and Las Vegas. Mike loved spending time with his family and friends and will be missed by many. He is survived by his wife, Cindy Kresha; grown sons from a previous marriage, Troy and wife, Anna Kresha, and Steven Kresha; grandchildren, Alexis and Ashley Kresha; brother, Richard and wife, Gail Kresha; nieces, Jennifer Watson and Lisa Rogers; and cousins, Jerome Kresha and Dianne Chaisson. Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 13, 2012, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., with a Rosary Vigil at 6:00 p.m., at Greenlawn Southwest Celebration of Life Center, 2739 Panama Lane. A chapel service will be held on Friday, December 14, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. For condolences please visit www.greenlawnmortuaryandcemetery.com. Greenlawn Southwest Mortuary www.bakersfield.com/obits

Published in Bakersfield Californian on Dec. 11, 2012