CALUMET - Michael R. Strucel, 60, passed to eternal life at the "Gift of Life" Transplant House on Nov. 6, 2012, in Rochester, Minn. with his sister, Susie, by his side, after a brave three-year battle with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
Mike was born Jan. 17, 1952, in Calumet, the son of the late Michael and Tracy (Augustine) Strucel. He graduated from Calumet High School with the Class of 1970 and made his home on Farmers Block South-5 Mile Point Road in Allouez.
Mike was in the ROTC program in high school and won the coveted "Rifle" for excellent marksmanship. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, serving his country for three years in Germany.
He attended Gogebic Community College for two years under the GI Bill.
Mike was employed at the Michigan Technological University SDC, retiring after 27 years of service.
Mike loved the Keweenaw and the woods and was happiest observing wildlife and trees on any dirt road north of Houghton County.
His favorite time of year was deer season, but he also enjoyed fishing, 4-wheeling, snowmobiling and being at the deer camp at Copper Falls and enjoying the serenity of his home.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Mike and Tracy; and his Beagles, Rocky and Sparky.
He is survived by a sister, Susie (Eugene Trudell); cousins, Mike, Keith, Paul and Mary Jo (Jones) Augustine; special friends, Denise and Greg Maronen, Jim "Reggie" Regis and Jenny and Paul Tatrow.
Mike was an avid Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions and Red Wings fan, treasuring time with his buddies watching the games.
Memorials may be directed to Lymphoma Research Foundation, Diabetic Research Institute or the Keweenaw Sportsman's Club, P.O. Box 283, Calumet, MI 49913.
Mike will be dearly missed by his sister, Susie and his many friends who loved him.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held in the Erickson Crowley Funeral Home on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, at 7 p.m. with Deacon Art Stancher to officiate. Friends may call at the Erickson Crowley Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
Online condolences may be left at ericksoncrowley.com.