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“I was a teammate with Mike in college. I always enjoyed talking to him when I saw him at wrestling tournaments. Praying for your family. ”
1 of 16 | Posted by: Ryan Rust - Plymouth, IN - Friend

“I'm so sorry for your loss. I have such great memories of hanging out at Ester's during our high school days. Mike's passing is heartbreaking and I'm...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Michelle McDonald (Niccum) - CO

“Our thoughts and prayers for the Ester and Dafforn families.Love, Jim and Nancy Emmerson ”
3 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“Thank you for all the great Snider wrestling memories, "Spike!" You were a great guy and were always so cool to me. I'm glad to have known you and...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Mark Miguel - Fort Wayne, IN

“Sending Thoughts and Prayers to the Family. ”
5 of 16 | Posted by: Cedrick Tinker - Fort Wayne, IN

“Dear Tami, Howard, Marsha and familyPlease know that our hearts go out to you. We have such happy memories of Mike and the guys playing baseball at...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Denny and Monya Weissert - FL

“Mike my main man. I'm deeply crushed. May u join the other champions that have gone on before youI will never forget our hunting and fishing trips...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Dan Nolan - Fort Wayne, IN

“I had the pleasure of working with Mike at FWCS when he became an APE Teacher in special ed. He also gave me the greatest fundraising idea that he...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Roxy Rockwell - Fort Wayne, IN

“Tami & Family... I am so deeply sorry to hear the loss of Mike. May the good Lord wrap his loving arms around each and every one of you. ”
9 of 16 | Posted by: Ben Liechty - Decatur, IN

“We are so saddened to hear of Spike's death and we have asked God to be with the family at this time, to bring them comfort and peace in knowing that...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Diane & Jerry Burch - Fort Wayne, IN

“So Sorry for your loss, you are all in our prayers during this difficult time. ”
11 of 16 | Posted by: Philip Dafforn - South Charleston, OH

“Rest In Peace, praying for the family and his friends. I met Mike at Blackhawk Middle School 3 years ago as I was a spec Ed asst then I saw him again...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Monica Johnson - Fort Wayne, IN

“We were so sorry to hear the news. We are on vacation north of Traverse City, but will try to get there on Saturday.You are all in our thoughts and...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Greg & Linda Gunder - Niles, MI

“Mike was a great guy that loved his family very much. Mike was not only a passionate wrestling coach but also a life mentor to many young men...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Eric Whicker - Fort Wayne, IN

“Prayer with family thanks for being GREAT MENTOR to my nephew Darryl L.>j ”
15 of 16 | Posted by: DARRICK GRAYSON - HARRISBURG, PA

“He was my team captain in college. I have never seen someone push themselves so hard. I tried to follow his example, but he was a much stronger...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Andy Wood - Elkhart, IN - Friend


Michael Curtis Ester, 45, of Fort Wayne, IN passed away on Monday, August 19, 2019. He was born in Van Wert, OH, on April 27, 1974.

Mike graduated from Snider High School in 1992 and from Manchester College in 1997, and received a Master's Degree from Olivet Nazarene University.

He was a teacher with Fort Wayne Community Schools, and coached wrestling for 22 years. His love of wrestling started at the age of five and continued through high school finishing 3rd in the state. He continued wrestling in college becoming a national qualifier.

Mike had a love of the great outdoors and enjoyed many hunting and fishing trips with his dad and son and others of the Snider Wrestling family. As a good friend posted, "Your light will always shine in so many young men's lives that you influenced and impacted throughout the years of teaching and coaching." Mike was an amazing and inspirational husband and father. He taught to always believe in the best of everyone and to always give 110%. He was very caring, loving and devoted to his immediate and extended family and friends. He always looked forward to their annual family vacation in Florida each summer.

Mike is survived by his wife, Tami; daughter, Brittani; and son, Brady; parents, Howard and Marsha Ester; sister, Michelle Krider; in-laws, Larry and Lucy Dafforn, Doug and Cara Dafforn, and Andy and Kelli Luckett; nieces, Kennedy and Emerson Krider and Shaelynne Luckett; and nephews, Owen Krider and Breckin Luckett. He is also survived by two aunts, Marilyn (Roger) Hupe and Mary Culbertson; and five cousins, Matt Hupe, Sabrina Kitsos, Kirsten Saldivar, Nick Kitsos, and Courtney Leach. He was preceded in death by his aunt, Marlene Kitsos, whose husband, Ted Kitsos, survives.

Visitation is Friday, August 23, 2019, from 12-3 and 5-9 at D.O. McCombs and Sons Maplewood Park, 4017 Maplecrest Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46815. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at Blackhawk Ministries, 7400 E. State Blvd., Ft. Wayne, Indiana 46815.

Memorials may be made to Snider Wrestling or NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).