Michael Dean Hericks, 62, a Rawlins resident for forty years, passed away on
October 15th, 2022, at his home after a long struggle with complications from a
genetic bone disorder.
Mike was born in 1960 in Havre, MT to Lawrence Michael Hericks and Marilyn Deo
Hericks of Malta, MT. In January 1966 the Hericks family of six moved to Red
Lodge, MT where Mike grew up and graduated from high school in 1978. After
graduation, he pursued a career in auto repair, and moved to Rawlins in 1980. In
1982, he and Terry Weikum started Kar Kraft auto repair. After the two started
several other businesses including a car wash and amusement park, Mike
eventually took over Kar Kraft as a sole owner and set his sights on being the
premier automotive repair facility in Rawlins. He believed in excellence through
education and was an ASE-certified Master auto repair technician with numerous
specialty certifications. Mike had a brittle bone condition which only became
known and problematic to him later in life. It caused him great pain and sapped
his physical abilities, but he always kept his passion for life and drive to
serve his customers. In 2017, he had to close Kar Kraft when his declining
health left him unable to work.
Mike loved talking with people, working on hot-rods, driving anything fast,
flying drones, and precision rifle shooting. He was good-natured, principled and
held himself to a high standard of integrity and personal responsibility which
he also expected of others. He was happiest when he had a difficult problem that
challenged his diagnostic abilities and that provided the reward of helping
someone when solved. He loved to build and race fast cars and was active in the
racing association in Rawlins. In 2000, he won the opportunity to attend Baker
Racing School in Atlanta, GA, culminating in driving a professional race car at
high speed on a NASCAR track and meeting Dale Earnhardt. He couldn’t have been
happier and it was a highlight in his life.
Mike married Mary Castillo and was a father to her daughter, Jennifer Meylian
until her adulthood. They later divorced.
He was preceded in death by his father in 1984 and will be sadly missed by his
mother Marilyn, brother Steven (Cheryl) & his children, Christian (Hayley), Kara
and Ian; his brother David (Dayle) & their daughters Lauren & Julia; and sister
Susan, as well as other family and many friends.
A Memorial Service will be held at Jacoby Funeral Chapel, 702 W. Walnut St.in
Rawlins on November 12 at 1PM. Flowers or donations may be sent to the Hericks Family
at 1924 Happy Hollow Circle, Rawlins, WY 82301.