With heavy hearts we say goodbye to Michael Edward Yenick. He was born on February 1, 1982 in Ely NV to Cyndi and Edward Yenick, Jr. Michael’s family and friends lovingly referred to him as Bub, a gentle giant standing at 6’3″.
Bub spent his early childhood in McGill, NV in a simple, outdoor and family oriented community. His Grandparents Louis and Eve Papez were major influences in his early life in shaping his kind and tough adventurous spirit.
In 1988 Bub moved to Reno, NV with his parents and older sister Jennifer. Jennifer and Bub were best friends and attended Little Flower grade school and Manogue High School together and later they helped raise their new little sister Kristy.
It was at Little Flower that Bub began to develop as a star athlete in both football and basketball. By the time Bub attended Manogue high school he was an athletic force of sheer strength, Bub played as a dominating defensive end on the Manogue varsity football team all four years, culminating in his senior year with the game winning tackle to clinch the 1999 AAA Nevada State Championship. That same year he was the starting center on the Manogue basketball team that also took the AAA Nevada state championship. He was recognized as a USA Today high school football All American, 1999 and set a weightlifting state record that still stands today.
Bub was recruited nationwide to play Division I football. He had many choices for scholarships, but his decision to stay and play football for the University of Nevada, Reno was a true sign of his love for his family, hometown and his roots.
Bub’s football career ended in injury, but his love for sport did not. He moved to Hawaii to become a certified personal trainer and returned to Reno to help people with their own health and fitness. Bub also had a true artistic ability and though lesser know it was a pure talent. His charcoal drawings were amazing masterpieces portraying intimate scenes of faith, sport and his final masterpiece was a self portrait with loving girlfriend Megan. Whenever life threw Bub a curve ball, his indomitable spirit and love for family never left him and he continued to smile and keep positive.
Bub was an inspiration both on and off the field. His faith was instilled at a young age. He took pride in his work in the Manogue campus ministry and spent time with Fr. Chuck Durante. Bub also enjoyed spending time in the mountains, fishing, hiking with his dogs, and hunting. His huge hugs, laugh and smile were contagious and nothing made him happier than watching his new niece Eva and nephew Asher, experiencing the simplicity of his own childhood through their eyes.
Bub left us on October, 2nd 2015 at the young age of 33 years old. His life was ended too soon, but in his short time with us he inspired many with his talent, determination and love. Bub is survived by his mother Cyndi Papez Yenick, his father Ed Yenick, his sisters Kristy Yenick and Jennifer Benna, brother in law JB Benna, niece Eva Benna and nephew Asher Benna and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
A Rosary will be held at Christ the Teacher Chapel at Bishop Manogue on Monday October 5th at 6:30PM and a celebration of life will be held Tuesday October 6th at 10:00AM at St. Rose of Lima, reception to follow. 100 Bishop Manogue Drive Reno NV 89511. His final resting place will be at the Ely City Cemetery, Thursday at 2:00PM.
In lieu of flowers we ask that you donate to the (Pitbulls) of the Nevada Humane Society.
“I will never be lonely because you will be there It helps me through hard times knowing that you care.
You’re there to sit beside me when I am feeling sad. You don’t mind listening when everything is bad…
And even when our time together seems to come to an end, don’t think we’re far apart, you are my closest friend.
To help you when you need it, to listen when you cry… and even when you leave we won’t ever say “goodbye”
You see, his love is forever and even when apart he’ll always be within you deep inside your heart.”