Lyle (Mike) Michael English died on Monday, May 28, 2018 at UW Madison Hospital surrounded by loving family and friends. He was born in Merrill, WI on July 5, 1948, the only child of the late Lyle H. English and Jeanette (Sladek) English.
Mike was raised surrounded by the love of his aunts, uncles and cousins. His mother’s love of vocals and harmony nurtured Mike’s early love of music. Those from the Wausau area recall Mike’s first band, Jimmy and the Javelins. There were many other bands and many friendships along the way. The passion he had for rock and blues defined his entire life.
Mike had a graduate degree in Guidance and Counseling. He used his education at the Youth Services Bureau of Marathon County as well as Neenah Menasha. He was a high school recruiter for Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee and then an admissions counselor for UW-Fox Valley. He finished his career as an instructor at Fox Valley Technical College.
Mike is survived by his bride and best friend, Elizabeth (Beth Conrad) English. Together with Beth, he traveled extensively, loved game night and sheepshead with friends. Mike is too well loved to ever be forgotten.
The family would like to thank Karon Sandberg for her loving gift of a kidney. He was proud to have become a 15 year kidney transplant survivor. Please consider a donation to the National Kidney Foundation (www.kidney.org) or to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (www.jdrf.org).
The funeral was held June 2, 2018 at St Bernard Catholic Church, 1617 W Pine St, Appleton, WI. Inurnment is in St. Joseph Cemetery Prayer Garden, Appleton, WI.