DR. MICHAEL JAMES SCHLOSSER
The funeral service for Dr. Michael James Schlosser, 59, of Aberdeen and Onaka, SD, will be 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home. A funeral service will also be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, November 27, 2015 at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan, ND, with burial following at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan. Dr. Schlosser was taken to his right place in heaven on Saturday, November 21, 2015 from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident near Mina, SD. A loving husband, son, father, brother, doctor, soldier and teacher; he will surely be missed.
Michael James Schlosser was born on March 21, 1956 to Henry and Rose (Kokkeler) Schlosser in Mandan, ND. One of seven siblings, he grew up and attended school in Mandan. Michael went on to get his Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering at University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Bismarck, ND. He continued his education there receiving his medical degree from University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Schlosser did his residency at University of North Dakota Family Practice Center in Bismarck. He also served as an instructor with the American College of Surgeons.
In 1990, he began his career as a family practice doctor in Linton, ND for three years. Michael was united in marriage to Cynthia Rausch on May 18, 1991 in Linton, ND and together they raised five children. In 1993, Dr. Schlosser transitioned into emergency medicine at MeritCare/Sanford in Fargo, ND. He practiced there for 19 years before joining Avera in Aberdeen, SD for another three years.
Dr. Schlosser was known for his caring hands and decisive decision making in the ER. He served as a Lt. Colonel in the North Dakota Army Reserve as a physician with four tours of duty including two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. During that time, he served six years with the 164th Engineering Battalion in the National Guard, Minot, ND. In the National Guard, Dr. Schlosser was a Medical Officer and Assistant State Surgeon. He participated as a medical support staff for the Honor Flight program, Fargo, ND.
Mike found peace in raising registered Hereford cattle with his brother-in-law and close friend, Gary Rausch. He was quite handy and would attempt to fix anything; whether a dishwasher or a broken arm. He enjoyed hunting pheasants with his sons and good friends, Doug Hushka, Scott Parks and Shane Madsen. Some of his favorite pastimes were spending time skiing, trying to fish, grilling and just relaxing with his family and friends at Lake Park, MN. His lake home there was built by a professional builder and good friend, Terry Becker. Dr. Schlosser and his beloved wife enjoyed scuba diving on trips to the Caribbean and going on many family trips. One of his greatest joys came from being a grandpa.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife: Cindy Schlosser, Aberdeen; five children: Andy (KariAnn) Buntrock, Bismarck, ND, Kent (Rebecca Harbage) Schlosser, Helena, MT, Joseph (Michelle Drozd) Buntrock, Fargo, ND, Kara (Brent Knodle) Schlosser, Minneapolis, MN and Ben (Natalie Crawford) Buntrock, Williston, ND; his granddaughter: Tyne Buntrock and baby Buntrock who is due in mid-January; his mother Rose Schlosser, Bismarck, ND; four siblings: Patricia (Tim) Kearns, Colorado Springs, CO, Mirna (Cordell) Stromme, Bismarck, ND, Diane (Bruce) Roth, Denver, CO and Angela (Kevin) Hollatz, Bismarck, ND; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dr. Schlosser was preceded in death by his father: Henry Schlosser; one sister Theresa and one infant sister Annette Schlosser; and his faithful hunting buddy, Buck, his yellow lab.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials for the establishment of a program dedicated to the reintegration of servicepersons with the aid of equine therapy through SPURS Therapeutic Riding Center in Aberdeen, SD.