Michael L. Schmitz, age 59, of Elkhart Lake passed away Wednesday evening, April 23, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Feb. 22, 1955 in Plymouth, Wis., a son of the late Joseph and Dorothy (Dwyre) Schmitz. He attended Armstrong Grade School and graduated from Elkhart Lake High School in 1973.

On Feb. 14, 1995, he married Christine Harrison in Sheboygan, Wis. The couple have lived in the town of Rhine since their marriage.

Mike was employed at Knowles Manufacturing in Glenbeulah for several years, Gilson Brothers (now known as Toro) for 17 years, Miller Power Equipment in Plymouth as a small engine mechanic and for 19 years at Amerequip Co. in New Holstein.

He was a master mechanic of small engines and loved his motorcycles, especially Harleys.

Survivors include his loving wife of 19 years, Christine Schmitz of Elkhart Lake; one son, Michael Schmitz Jr. of Elkhart Lake; one daughter, Jessica Steinke of Sheboygan; three grandchildren: Pandora, Sage and Alexander; one sister, Karen Schmitz of Green Bay; one brother, David Schmitz of Sheboygan and one aunt, Mary (Urban) Binversie of School Hill; and also survived by many brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Memorial services will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, May 2, at the Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth. Father Wayne Bittner will officiate. Cremation has taken place.

Friends and relatives may call at the Suchon Funeral Home on Friday from 3 p.m. until the time of services.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Mike’s name.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Plymouth is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit www.suchonfh.com.

The family would like to send special thanks to Dr. Murthy and the Aurora Visiting Nurse & Hospice for all your care and compassion given to Mike.

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