Michael L. Mlynarczyk, died Sunday, June 25, 2023, in New Richmond, Wisconsin, surrounded by his family. Mike was born to George and Frances (Black) on August 3, 1947, in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he grew up and graduated from Hill High School in 1965. On October 3, 1987, Mike and Kathy were united in marriage in Stillwater, Minnesota, blending their beautiful families. Mike received his associate degree and built a career in accounting and collections in the trucking industry. In 2005, Mike retired from Transportation Funding Group, a company which he and three friends started. Kathy also retired that summer, allowing them to spend their retirement years together. Mike was a strong, yet gentle man who adored his family and absolutely loved being a husband and dad. He had such a soft demeanor and he always treated others with kindness and respect, never saying an ill word about anyone. He loved the outdoors and spent his free time golfing, fishing, and deer hunting. From pheasant hunting in South Dakota, to traveling the country by RV with Kathy, to playing softball with the Jaycee’s, Mike truly lived his life to the fullest. Mike treasured the time spent on Migizi Island they owned with Barb and Renn on Rainy Lake, where they made so many amazing memories with family, friends and especially the grandchildren. Mike and Kathy loved traveling, putting hundreds of miles on their snowmobiles and scuba diving in the Caribbean. But shortly after retirement, they decided it was time to trade the Midwest snow for saguaros, mountains and golf greens of Arizona. Mike will be deeply missed by all who knew him, especially his labradoodle, Bella, whom he cherished and spoiled daily. Mike will forever be missed by his wife of 35 years, Kathy; children, Scott (Sue) Mlynarczyk, Deanna (Gary) Kaufman, Tina Mlynarczyk and Derek (Lisa) Lindoo; grandchildren, Shania, Emma and Caleb; great grandchildren, Olivia, Audrianna and Kyler; siblings, Sta’s & Jackie Mlynarczyk, Steve & Jan Mlynarczyk; sister-in-law, Barb & Renn Karl; niece, Polly (Rick) Wisdom; great nephew Parker; and great nieces, Sophie and Paige. Preceded in death by his parents, George and Fran; and mother-in-law, Jerri Warling.
A Celebration of Life visitation was held on Tuesday, July 11, 2023, from 1:00PM-4:00PM at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services (728 S Knowles Ave) in New Richmond, Wisconsin. Military honors were at 2:30PM to recognize Mike’s service to his country in the United States Navy. Memorials preferred to Lakeview Hospice or St. Croix County Health & Rehab Center. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.