Lieckfield, Christopher

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Christopher Robert Lieckfield, age 38, of Gaylord Michigan passed away on Friday March 16, 2018.

Chris was born January 28, 1980, in Grosse Pointe, Michigan to Robert and Baiba (Jansons) Lieckfield.  He grew up in Brighton Michigan and graduated from Brighton High School in 1998.

He was involved in all sports and excelling in ice hockey, playing at Livingston County Hockey Association (Eagles and Raiders) moving on to Little Caesars Hockey and Ann Arbor Ice Dogs. Chris also played Junior A hockey with Lincoln Stars (USHL) and Texas Tornado (NAHL).  He received numerous awards for his accomplishments in ice hockey.

He attended Ferris State University where he met Kelley Mesecar in 2002.  Chris and Kelley were married on October 23, 2004 in Lowell Michigan.  His sales career started with the Hyde Drift Boat Company in Newago, Michigan in 2002 and later moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho in 2007.  In 2015, he moved back to Gaylord Michigan taking a position as a Regional Manager with Great Lakes Marine.

Chris was an avid outdoorsman with a passion for fly fishing, bow and arrow hunting, camping, and snowmobiling.  He was particularly fond of the times he was outdoors with his family showing them the joys of nature and watching his daughters Grace and Madison figure skate and Dylan play ice hockey.  Chris was active in the Idaho Falls and Gaylord hockey associations coaching youth hockey.

Chris survived by his wife Kelley (Mesecar) and children, Grace (14), Madison (12), and Dylan (7), parents Bob and Baiba Lieckfield Jr, sister Alekandra (Jon Casteel), nieces and nephews (Bailey, Jager, Henry, Vivian, and Zane), in-laws Sue and Doran Mesecar, Mike and Rebecca Mesecar, and Erin and Russ Kietzman.  His many hockey and hunting friends.  His hunting companion – Koko.

Visitation is scheduled for Thursday March 22 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

A celebration of life will be 11:00 AM Friday March 23 at Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Service with visitation starting at 10:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, the family has set up the “Christopher Lieckfield Memorial Fund”at Chemical Bank, 521 W. Main Street, Gaylord Michigan 49735 for the purpose of assisting Grace, Madison, and Dylan with education expenses. Make checks payable to the Christopher Lieckfield Memorial Fund. Donations can also be made to the charity of your choice in Christopher’s name.

48 comments on “Lieckfield, Christopher”

  1. Caroline Tranchida

    We are so very sorry to hear of Chris’ passing! We recieved a email and just couldn’t believe it, we had just talked! He will be greatly missed by all of us at Lewiston Sun N Snow. Our hearts go out to the entire Lieckfield Family during this horrible time we will cherish all the fun and laughs we had He was a GREAT guy.

    Vito & Carol Tranchida
    Lewiston Sun N Snow LLC

  2. Carol and Brooks Simpson

    We are so sorry for your loss, things like this are not suppose to happen. May God give you strength and comfort during the days and months ahead. May your memories carry you through the days and years ahead. Hugs and love, Carol and Brooks Simpson

  3. Niki Schaller (Napier)


    Kelley, I think back to the years that we lived together in college. There has never been a time that I have wanted those days back so much in my life, back before we had any really hard decisions to make. You taught me the art of a grilled cheese and we sang ridiculous songs in the living room. We were young, carefree and people weren’t hurting. I wish there was something that I could do to make this easier for you and your kids. I Love you Kelley, and I am praying for you and your beautiful family.

  4. We are so saddened and shocked to hear of Chris ‘ passing. We will keep your whole family in our thoughts and prayers. We will always treasure the time that he lived with us and have nothing but fond memories. With sincerest condolences, Reet and Terry Kamp

  5. Erin and Dave pratt

    Thinking of you all with love and prayers. We have very fond memories of Chris, our hearts are broken. Deepest condolences from the Pratt family.

  6. I am very saddened to hear of this news. He was the perfect example of an active and amazing dad to those girls and Dylan. I am forever grateful for the time I got to work with your girls and my heart goes out to your entire family. You have an amazing and strong family, I am so sorry you guys have to endure this.

  7. I am very saddened by this terrible news, my thoughts and prayers are with Chris’s family. Even though I had not seen Chris for many years, I have nothing but great memories as his coach with the Ann Arbor Ice Dogs and the Steelhead Fishing trips to Stoney Creek. You will always be in my thoughts whenever I step into the stream.
    RIP 🙏

    Coach Ahern

  8. Chris you will be missed in our short time together, you became a great co-worker and a good friend. Kelley if you need anything please let us know, we are so sorry for your loss.

  9. All my love, thoughts, prayers and support for you Kelley, Baiba, Ali and the kids. Love you all very much.

  10. Rebecca Roberts

    Dear Bob and family – I am so sorry for your loss. He seemed like a stellar son and general all around family man. May you receive comfort in your cherished memories. You are in my thoughts and prayers. – Rebecca Roberts, BVNA

  11. We are saddened and shocked by this news. It was refreshing and a pleasure to work with Chris’s laid back style. He was a tremendous help in training and marketing products. We already miss him. Our prayers go out to his family.
    Dede Anderson and MLM team, Mullett Lake Marina

  12. Janet & Jerry Joseph

    Our hearts and prayers go out to you at this most challenging time in your lives. Please believe you will have the strength to find peace once again. With love and support. Janet and Jerry Joseph.

  13. Rosa Key-Schwartz

    Dear Bob and family – this is such sad news. I send my deepest sympathy for your loss. Bob has been a work colleague for years and we all here at NIOSH send our condolences on this difficult loss. Praying for strength for the days and weeks ahead.
    Rosa Key-Schwartz, CDC / NIOSH

  14. Frank E Ehrenfeld

    So sorry to hear this. Please post any charities where donations may be made in lieu of flowers. – Frank Ehrenfeld

  15. Jeanne and Chris Leonard

    Sending our condolences. Our hearts go out to you in this difficult time.- Jeanne and Chris Leonard

  16. Dear Bob and also to your loving family,
    Thank you for sharing this incredibly sad news so that we can not only reach out to you, but also remember you all in our prayers. May the events ahead of you all, especially the Celebration of Life Service, start a healing process so that someday soon the pain is replaced with all the joyous memories of Chris. Nancy McClellan

  17. John and Pam Fecht

    John and Pam Fecht, Lincoln, Nebraska

    Chris lived with us and our two boys when he played hockey for the Lincoln Stars in 1998-1999. He lit up our lives for the time he was here! He was like another son to us. We are heart broken to hear this news and only prayers can help now. His star will shine brightly in heaven!

  18. Dear Bob and Family: I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  19. To All.

    Thank you for your kind comments and memories of Chris.

    The Lieckfield and Mesecar Families

    In lieu of flowers, the family has set up the “Christopher Lieckfield Memorial Fund”at Chemical Bank, 521 W. Main Street, Gaylord Michigan 49735 for the purpose of assisting Grace, Madison, and Dylan with education expenses. Donations can also be made to the charity of your choice in Christopher’s name.

  20. Such a dear friend to my son Robert. We had such fun with at Robert Howe and Dayday Howe wedding on 7/11. May he Rest In Peace and love to those remaining. Sue Howe

  21. We are so sorry for your loss Kelly! It was great getting to know your family while you lived in Idaho. Your are an amazing family! You all will be in our prayers.

  22. Bharati Lakshmi

    Dear Bob, Baiba and Family, I am so very sorry about your loss. It was such a shock to hear about the news. My thoughts go out to you and every one in your family. I am also praying for all of you to have the strength to face this and find peace somehow. With love, Bharati L.

  23. Tom and Nancy Jacques

    Know our prayers and thoughts are with you all. May you gather together to give each other the strength and support needed in this time of sorrow.

  24. Kelley & Family – The Huyck family is so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  25. Shannon Dickinson

    Dear Bob Baiba, Ali, Kelly & entire Family
    We are lifting you up in prayer. There are no words. Thankful we got to see Chris two years ago at Christmas. It had been many years. Fond memories watching his success as a talented hockey player. Our hearts ache with you. Praying for a peace that passes all understanding.
    All our Love to each of you.
    Shannon, Tom & Ryan

  26. Dear Kelley,
    I am so so sorry. This is a horrible shock and I cannot imagine how hard this must be. We are thinking of you and the kids. Please let us know if there is ever anything we can do for you.
    Kimberly, Alyssa, Emily, Dewayne King

  27. So sorry to hear this…Kelley, I never got to meet your husband or your children, however I know you and your family and my heart goes out to all of you. May you feel God’s comfort and the many prayers being said on your behalf! You have my sincere sympathy! Donna Elliott (Jamie’s mom.)

  28. My heart is aching. Know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of your friends near and far. Hugs to you all. Yvonne

  29. Bob and Family: My heart is heavy and very sad in the loss of your beloved son. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers, my dear friends.

  30. Michael Rosenow

    Bob: Although I’ve never met your son, I imagine he’s as outstanding as a man as you are. I’m hurting to think of how you, your wife and daughter in law must be feeling. Please accept my most sincere condolences and a virtual hug over the interwebs. Hope to see you soon at an AIHA event and if you’re up for it, let’s toast your amazing son!

  31. Chris Laszcz-Davis

    Dear Bob and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you! This one is a tough trail, particularly since you all were so very close as a family unit. You will always miss him and his light, but believe you’ll find that his wife and children, along with memories of happy times, will provide the strength you need to move forward. At the end of the day, things are pretty simple–life isn’t a race, nor a competition, but is meant to be lived. It sounds as though Chris did that admirably! One big hug to you and your family! Chris Laszcz-Davis.

  32. Dear Bob and Family, I am saddened to hear this news. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers as you make it through this incredibly difficult time.

  33. Jas and Mary Singh

    This is the most shocking and heartbreaking news. Mary and I have known Bob and family for the last 40 years. When Christopher was born, we were in Michigan. I remember Mary saying ” This is the most beautiful baby I have seen”, when she saw Chris. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lieckfields

  34. Dear Bob and family, We are sadden to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    In friendship, Mike and Deb Monaco

  35. Bob & Mary Ann Soule

    Dear Bob and Family, We were shocked and overwhelmed by the devastating news of Chris’ passing. I cannot imagine the grief that you all are experiencing but I know that the memories of Chris’ life and the presence of his family will get you through these tough times. Wishing you the comfort that those memories will hold for you, along with our thoughts and prayers! RIP. Chris!

  36. Gary Arseneault

    Dear Kelly and family,
    We’ve never met but just wanted to let you know that I had the pleasure of playing hockey with Chris here in Gaylord. He was great guy, awesome hockey player and always fun and quick witted in the locker room. He will be dearly missed and on behalf of the guys that were lucky to have known and played with him. Our sincere condolences, may he rest in peace. Gary Arseneault.

  37. Jim and Lori Trutsch

    Kelley and family, we are so heart broken for you. I pray that God will wrap you in his arms and comfort you in this time of grief.

  38. Spectrum Health friends and co-workers of Susan

    As Friends and co-workers of Susan, we at Spectrum Health Pennock in Hastings Mi. are keeping the family in thoughts and prayers at this time.

  39. Dear Bob and family, I’m so sorry to hear about Chris. My deepest condolences. My thoughts are with you through this very sad time.

  40. Kelly and Family, Sue, Doran, and the Lieckfield family,

    Galen and I are sorry to hear of you loss.

    “When you lose someone you love,
    you gain an angel you know”
    — Author unknown

  41. I am shocked to hear about Chris, and I am sorry for your loss. I knew Chris in High School. In 9th and 10th grade he and his friends were sort of bullies to me and some of my friends. In 11th grade though, he apologized to me, and actually meant it. He was very nice to me in our math class that we had together, and I remember talking about the Red Wings (who were awesome at the time) and having a few laughs here and there in that class. I didn’t talk to him much after that, but we’d always say hi to each other in the hallways during our senior year. On one of the last days, I remember passing him and asking him to sign my yearbook. He wrote:
    “Not much time to keep in touch through the hectic year. You are a good friend. Keep your smarts and go Wings.”
    Sorry to ramble, but I just wanted to share this story because Chris showed me that someone I considered a bully because of who he associated with early on turned out to be a really kind person and totally changed my outlook on him.

  42. Dear Bob, Baiba and Family, I am so very sorry about your loss. As a friend of his Uncle Glenn, I have not seen Christopher since he was a young boy, but it is obvious from what I have read and heard that Christopher grew to become an amazing person who was dedicated to his family. My condolences, thoughts, and prayers to everyone in the Lieckfield and Mesecar Families.

  43. My deepest condolences to Kelley, the kids, and all the friends and family.

    I am so lucky to have shared some great memories with Chris. From fishing to hockey.. I can’t remember a moment with him that didn’t involve laughing and good times. He was the type of guy that had the unquie ability to make people around him happy. He was a great guy, and I’m sure dad and husband. I know he will be missed deeply, but remembered vividly by everyone that had the opportunity to know him.

    You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Mike and all his old fishing buddies from Midwest Sport Shop

  44. To the family of Chris, I’m so sorry to learn about the loss of your dear loved one. Please know that God sees what you are going through and knows of your deep heartache.

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