Born May 25th 1954,
Michael lived a very colorful life for someone who was completely colorblind. He attended St. Mary’s Elementary School in Hales Corners. He would go onto gain a mastery of math and science becoming an expert user of the slide rule (imprinted into him from the occasional nun on his wrists in his youth) He would then go on to attend Marquette University High School and eventually earn his degree from Marquette University. At MU Mike would deepen lifelong friendships with Russ Bordeaux and Dennis Higgins where they would establish an annual Turkey Bowl football game on Thanksgiving Day, and reconvene for Al’s Run and a beer afterwards at Major Goolsby’s.
While at school Mike’s loving wife DelRey would give birth to their first son, and to support his growing family he worked as an EEG technician at St. Luke’s and Children’s Hospital. After graduation he would go on to a storied career as an electrical engineer designing complex control panels for Power Designers, Allen Bradley (Rockwell), Eaton, and even hold national top-secret clearance while working for a defense contractor. He was a dear friend to his coworkers and a manager who would support his team as long as they held common sense.
Mike was a doting father who helped his sons Christian, Evan, and Skylar with projects ranging from home wiring to videogame panel construction. He was always eager to lend a hand, or provide scientific advice like how it is easier to extract caffeine from tea than coffee in a chemistry lab. He was always up for an adventure most recently driving cross country with Evan. He was an adventurous eater and would try anything when his work would take him to exotic places in North America, Europe, and Asia.
His greatest adventure was 49.5 years long with his beloved DelRey, together they would visit Toronto, Mexico, California, and Las Vegas baby! Their pastime would include many trips to casino resorts with their friend’s Jill and Bob Neumann where Mike could always find a lucky slot machine for Jill.
Mike always dreamed of being a pilot and for his 50th birthday DelRey gifted him his first flying classes. He would go on to be a skilled pilot eager to take many friends and family members up for flights along the years. He would spend many hours logging flights with his grandson’s Vaughn and Declan, and shared his passion for attending the Experimental Aircraft Association with them. In his free time he would dive into his hobbies learning about the Cosmos, the Space Race, and science fiction. Mike was an avid fan of Star Trek, Star Wars, and the Minions.
Sadly, Mike departed this Earthly existence during the Christmas holidays. He is preceded by his brother Timothy and beloved Mother Dorothy. He is survived by his wife DelRey, son Christian and daughter in law Stacey, son Evan (not taken ladies), and son Skylar and partner Raphael, and his two amazing grandson’s Vaughn and Declan. His sister Barbara, brother Patrick, nieces, nephews, and many in-laws.
Please join us in celebrating Michael’s life on January 22nd at Schramka Funeral Home 13220 Capitol Ave. Visiting from 11-1pm with a 1pm remembrance. If you are so compelled, please feel free to write, record, and share a story or anecdote about Mike. He had an impact on many lives and it deserves to be celebrated.
The remembrance was recorded and may be viewed on the Schramka Facebook page: https://fb.watch/aKxvAFxubE/
Death is that state in which one only exists in the memory of others; which is why it is not an end. No goodbyes, just good memories. ~ Tasha Yar
**“The family requests that attendees be masked to protect the health of those with compromised immune systems”.