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Michael Paul Jirak

May 15, 1976 ~ May 15, 2019 (age 43)

Michael Paul Jirak, 43, of Breckenridge, MN, passed away from a heart condition on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, May 20, 2019, at Joseph Vertin and Sons Funeral Home, Breckenridge, with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at Breckenridge United Methodist Church, followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. Pastor Mark Gronseth will officiate. Burial will be held at Riverside Cemetery, Breckenridge. 

Michael was born in Breckenridge, MN, on May 15, 1976. He grew up and attended school in Breckenridge and later graduated from Breckenridge High School in 1994. After graduating, he worked alongside his family on the farm and also worked for a custom combiner. On April 12, 2003, Michael was united in marriage to Dawn Hoffman at United Methodist Church in Breckenridge. They were blessed with their firstborn, Paul Michael, and made their home in Breckenridge and four years later, their daughter, Michae Renae, completed the family.

Michael always had the unique ability to create an opportunity out of any curveball life threw at him. This mindset helped launch him from the devastating accident that resulted in the loss of his arm to pursuing a degree in business management and marketing. Charisma, dedication, and his dream to own and operate his own business drove him to excel at North Dakota State College of Science’s DECA program. His hard work was reflected in his businesses, Jirak Construction, and P.J’s Lawn Care.

Michael had a zest for life. Spontaneous adventures with Dawn and the kids were his passion. Michael enjoyed watching Paul play basketball and ride on their snowmobiles. He spent time gardening with Michae, flipping through the American Girl catalog, and adored watching her dance. Michael enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, bonfires, great concerts…and getting the last word!

Michael will be missed by his loving wife, Dawn Jirak of Breckenridge; children, Paul and Michae Jirak; parents, Tom and Cindy Jirak of Breckenridge; brother, Rob (Emily) Jirak of Breckenridge and their children, Mercedes and Greta; sister, Danielle (Mike) Hager of Walcott, ND, and their son, Rylie and baby due in September; grandparents, James Paul (Cheryl) Joseph of West Tawakoni, TX; several aunts, uncles, cousins, family, and friends; and life-long friend, Jake Caspers.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Sue Joseph; paternal grandparents, Jim and Marlene Jirak; and two dear friends, Josh Meyer and Billy LeNoue.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Joseph Vertin and Sons Funeral Home, Breckenridge.

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