Michael Tufts loved fishing, working on cars

Friday, August 29, 2014 | 8:46 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Michael Tufts of Columbia died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014.

Mr. Tufts had been in a coma since Dec. 6, 2012, when was involved in a motor vehicle collision with a drunk driver.  He was 25.

He was born on May 31, 1989, to Robert and Patricia Tufts.

He grew up in the country, and he enjoyed fishing and working on cars. 

Mr. Tufts was a reserve police officer with the New Bloomfield Police Department. He had also worked as a jailer in Miller County. He had hoped to be a Missouri State Trooper one day.

He is survived by his parents, Robert and Patricia Tufts; four sisters, Rebecca Abadi, Marilyn Nole, Kimberly Jordan, and Katherine Tufts; a brother, Steven Tufts; two nieces Kylie O'konsky and Leyla Abadi; two nephews, Ethan Abadi and Adam O'konsky. Another nephew is due in February.

Visitations will be at 4 p.m. Friday and from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Memorial Funeral Home at 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Michael Tufts Memorial Fund, 2600 North Lake of the Woods Ground, Columbia, MO 65202.

Supervising editor is Hunter Woodall.

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