ike lived to love and inspire others. Mike valued his family and friends second only to God and found
beauty in nature, artwork and music. Seeing Van Goh’s Olive Trees at the Minneapolis Institute of Art
never failed to bring tears to his eyes, just like seeing the faces of his nieces Ella McCauley and Isabella
Ewaldt never failed to bring a smile to his face. Mike loved to dance, see live theatre and music and eat
good food. As an artist, Mike expressed his heart to the world through painting and was proud of selling
his art professionally as well as donating it to causes close to his heart. As an athlete, Mike completed a
half Iron Man, three 24 hour ultra marathons, two Ragnars and numerous marathon, half marathon and
shorter distance races. While racing, Mike raised awareness and acceptance for athletes with different
abilities and showed the world how lucky we all are to be able to run. Mike’s contagious laughter spread
to those around him, sometimes rendering everyone in the room unable to breathe. If he felt especially
silly, Mike would throw in a snort as a tribute to his long time soulmate Jamie Gates. Mike’s sense of
humor was unparalleled; whether he was playing tricks with his best friend and roommate, Leif Odne,
thinking of funny names to call his mom and sister, or cracking jokes, Mike was always hilarious. The
love and happiness Mike shared when he was with his brother Sean Ewaldt was full of mischief. Mike’s
days were shared with friends and family without boundaries. Mike loved to watch wrestling, especially
when he watched it with his dad, Daniel Tanner. On days that it was hard for Mike to keep going, he set
an intention to go out into the world and do something kind for another person. He enjoyed
volunteering as a way to give back, and helped ring the bell for the Salvation Army, pack food at Feed
My Starving Children and keep the toys in the church nursery clean. Over the last few years, Mike
enjoyed spending time in the “Man Cave” with his friend Roger Neby and the neighbors, watching sports
and having bonfires.
Mike’s life, although full of love and beauty, was also very difficult. Mike decided to take control of his
body and with the support of hospice, focus on the best possible quality of life for the time he had left.
Although Mike was not sick, he and God had a plan. Mike spent the next nine days being lovingly cared
for by his family and very close friends. Mike continued to make his love and kindness clear to everyone,
sharing countless hugs and smiles with the people he loved. Mike took his last breath on August 8, 2022
at 11:25 pm while surrounded by family and friends. Shooting stars filled the sky to welcome him to
Heaven, where those he loved who passed before him met him at the pearly gates.
Mike is survived by his mother, Dawn E. Ronnan, sister, Nichole D. Ronnan, brother, Sean M. Ewaldt
(Lexi), nieces Ella McCauley and Bella Ewaldt and many others who have loved and supported Mike
throughout his life.
Mike’s family is especially grateful for the care and opportunities provided by Midwest Special Services
and ACR Homes, Inc.