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Michael Nardelli

July 8, 1955 ~ May 28, 2019 (age 63)


Michael Dean Nardelli, 63, Delco, NC, passed away Tuesday, May 28th, 2019, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, NC after an extended battle with heart disease.

Michael was born in Tampa, FL, July 8, 1955. He was predeceased in death by his Father Robert George Nardelli, Mother Sybil Annette Nardelli, and eldest brother Robert Glenn Nardelli.

Michael is survived by his spouse, Valerie Evans Nardelli, of the home, brothers Mark (Teresa), Raleigh, NC and Larry (Stephanie), Tampa, FL, children Christopher (Sara), Richmond, KY, Bryan (Johana), Brandon, FL, Keri (Brandy), Plant City, FL and Michael Vincent, Lakeland, FL. He leaves behind 8 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Michael graduated from St. Lawrence Catholic High School, Tampa, FL, and received his BS in MIS/Computer Science from the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL. He later in life graduated from the Paul Mitchell School, Tampa, FL, as a professional cosmetologist.

Michael served in the United States Air Force as a Flight Engineer during the Vietnam War era. He was stationed at Rhein Main AFB in Germany where he completed missions in North Africa and in Thailand and Castle AFB in California. He returned home to work in the family owned outdoor power equipment distributorship until he was recruited by Kohler Company, Kohler, WI, where he served as National Sales Manager for the Generator Division and later the Engine Division in the US and Canada. Later, as a successful entrepreneur, he started up and owned various types of businesses including three locations as Master Franchisor for Jani-King in North and South Carolina. He was profiled in both Entrepreneur and Money magazine. Recently, Michael was a Regional Steel Building Consultant for the Southeast NC area and for the past five years served as an active member of the Columbus County Planning Board.

Michael was passionate about aviation, firearms, history and Harley Davidson motorcycles. He was an accomplished judo and kickboxing athlete, having earned his belts in both, and competed on the US Military Team while stationed in Germany. He enjoyed listening to jazz and classic rock music, photography, watching movies and spending time with his family. He was a baptized member of the Pleasant Plains Baptist Church in Whiteville, NC.

His funeral service with military honors will be at 1:00 pm Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Pleasant Plains Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Bowles and Dr. Dave Heller officiating.  Burial will be in the Delco Cemetery.

His family will receive friends at Pleasant Plains Baptist Church 12:00 noon - 12:45 pm prior to his service.

Memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association to continue the fight for a cure for these major diseases.

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