Michael Chernikoff

Michael John Chernikoff

Thursday, April 25th, 1985 - Sunday, August 4th, 2019
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Michael John Chernikoff, 34 years old, of Polson, MT, was lost to us in a swimming accident on Flathead Lake, August 4, 2019. Michael was born April 25, 1985 to Kenneth and Katrina Chernikoff.

“/stōkt/ adjective: stoked. exhila- rated, excited, or euphoric. (slang)” There was one word to describe Michael: stoked!! Since childhood, Michael was an exceptionally kind, funny, original, and loving person whose enthusiasm and gratitude for everything in life was both apparent and contagious. A born entertainer, communicator, and multi-faceted artist, Michael touched countless lives with his sincere interest and natural inclination to engage with others as both a compassionate listener and enthusiastic conversationalist.

Michael was a fearless and extraordinarily gifted artist who invested his creativity, humor, and skill in music, photography, drawing, rapping, filmmaking, drama, cooking, and even as a confessed “closet trombone player” with immeasurable passion. He was also an avid and longtime skier, skateboarder, and all-around athlete.

Michael was a true and loyal friend to an abundance of people from all walks of life, shared a remarkable closeness with his beloved parents, his sister Amy, brother-in-law Cody, his nephew and niece Trey and Harper, and found a recent and special joy in his relationship with Mathina and 3-year-old Jaiden. Michael worked for several years at Mission Mountain Natural Foods in Polson, a job he truly loved among people he felt the greatest respect and affection for. He was also much adored member of 12-step groups in the area, where his engagement and unique, funny, and entertaining expressions of gratitude, enthusiasm, and joy in sobriety will be terribly missed.

Please join us for a Celebration of Michael’s Life on August 25th at the Chernikoff Residence from 1-5 p.m. Address: 31804 Holmes Creek (turn onto Holmes Creek at 7 Mile Marker, Hwy 35, one-mile North of Finley Point, 2nd house on left). There will be a barbecue and guests are asked to bring potluck dishes. Please no alcohol or intoxicants out of respect for Michael’s sobriety.
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    Sunday, August 25th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Sunday, August 25th, 2019 1:00pm
    Chernikoff Family Home
    31804 Holmes Creek Lane
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Maggie Plummer

Posted at 12:19pm
Dear Katrina and Ken,
You are in my heart and mind as you go through this difficult time. I'm so sorry for your loss!
If there's anything I can do to help, please just say the word. My phone number is 883-2359.
What a great obituary you wrote about the amazing Michael. I hope you know that the entire community is mourning, and supporting you in your grief.
Rest in Peace, Michael.
Maggie Plummer

Steve Kendley

Posted at 02:10pm
Michael was so kind! He reintroduced himself to me after I had left the area for work for several years. I looked forward to his smile and positive attitude every time I ran into him. His personality was magnetic. He was a light to others. I didn't know him well or hang out with Michael, but I wish I had! My heart breaks that he is gone to us. We need people like Michel in this world and I will not forget his positive impact on me.

Bronwen Harris

Posted at 06:48pm
I keep thinking back to Liquid Planet and the many different conversation we had; from very personal to whom is doing the music score for which movie. I'll never forget just how enthusiastic you were about Trent Reznor's involvement with Gone Girl and how you vividly described the score to me; loudly and full of so much enthusiasm that you gained an audience. It's moment like those which meant the world to people. Your light was so bright and captivating, it can never be diminished.

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