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In Memory of Michael J. Mikla


1 hr prior to mass at church, and 4:00-7:00pm Monday evening at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home, 1010 Newton Street in Baldwin, WI.

Funeral Services

11:00am on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at St. Mary's Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 1265 Ridgeway Street in Hammond, WI

Michael J. ”Mike”” Mikla, age 64 of Hammond WI, died suddenly and unexpectedly on Friday, February 5, 2016. Mike was born March 7, 1951 in New Richmond, WI to parents Ben and Eva (nee Obermueller) Mikla. Mike was raised in Glenwood City, and graduated with the Class of 1969 from Glenwood City High School. Mike served honorably in the Air Force during Vietnam. After his service to our country, he went on to earn his Associates Degree from District One Technical Institute in Applied Science Civil Structural Technology. Mike would be united in marriage to Rebecca Olson on March 4, 1972 at the Little Falls Lutheran Church in rural Amery. Their union in marriage would be blessed with two children, and over 43 years of love and devotion to each other.


Mike worked for many years as a carpenter with Derrick Builders in New Richmond. Outside of work, Mike enjoyed deer hunting, woodworking, and restoring his old street rods. Mike was known to many in the community as a member of the American Legion. Mike was also an active grandparent, who enjoyed fishing with his grandkids, attending their sporting events, and delighting in his title of grandpa. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.


Mike is survived by his wife of 43 years, Becky; daughter, Wendy (Mike) Casey; son, Jeff (Katie) Mikla; grandchildren, Madalyn and Thomas Casey, and Eva and Ellie Mikla; siblings, John (Mary) Mikla, Gerald (Darlene) Mikla, and Marlys (Ralph) Ossman; sister-in-law, Cherie Mikla; siblings-in-law, Bud (Pat) Olson, Karolyn (Mike) Conlow, Barbara (Lonnie) Bendixen, Craig Olson, and Chuck Olson; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Eva; his sister and brother-in-law, Kathy (Pat) Ross; his brother, Marcus Mikla; and his parents-in-law, Curtiss and (Florence) Olson.


Mass of Christian Burial for Mike Mikla will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 1265 Ridgeway Street in Hammond, WI with Fr. Jerry Harris officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to mass at the church, and also from 4:00-7:00pm on Monday evening at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 1010 Newton Street in Baldwin, WI. Memorials are preferred to the discretion of the family, or to the donors choice. Services are in the care of the O’Connell Family Funeral Home and Countryside Crematory of Baldwin, WI. 715-684-3434

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    • Becky and Family
      So very sorry to hear that Mike past away he was a good man and a good person to work along side of on the fire dept. My dad and him got along really well when he work at Minnesota fence and Iron Works and commuted back and forth together.
      God Bless
      Chris and Cheryl Sobottka

    • So sorry to hear about Mike. We were good buddies in high school and did a lot of crazy things together. I have many good memories of him. I’m so glad I got to see him at our last class reunion. I now live in Pennsylvania so I didn’t get to see him as often as I would like. He told me to look him up this summer when I was home. I will miss that. From a distance I am grieving with you. I will remember him as a great guy and a good friend. Dale Moe class of 69.’

    • One of Mike’s projects was working at First Congregational Church in River Falls. He will be remembered by many around here for his hard work, attention to detail and charming smile. He looked after this church building like it was his own home. May God strengthen Mike’s family at this difficult time.
      in love,
      Rev. Chris Myers and all the people at First Congregational Church,
      River Falls, WI

    • Mikla Family,

      I am so sorry and greatly saddened to hear about Mr. Mikla. I will always remember him as a man of great integrity. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you in this time of great sorrow.

    • Becky and Family: I am very sorry to hear of your loss. I know you had many plans for retirment. My thoughts and prayers go out to you in this very hard time. All of us at BAMC are here for you.

      Wendy Anderson

    • Becky and family,
      Prayers for you all during this hard time. It’s never a good day to day goodbye. But with our faith, thankfully our goodbyes are only earthly. Lots of thoughts coming your way.
      Molly Fox

    • Words can not express our sadness. What wonderful neighbors we had for so many years. Mike was always the go to guy for help or when our kids just needed a sports referee. Thinking of the Mikla Family in our hearts and our prayers.

      God Bless You,

      John & Mary

    • Sorry for your loss-never know when God is going to call our loved ones home. God Bless you & praying that God will bring comfort to you & the whole family. I didn’t know Mike,but was neighbors to Mark.

    • Our prayers to the best neighbor friends ever.Mike was a loving husband, father and grandpa.God’s comfort be with you. Mike made this world a better place, not just in all those buildings he built, but in all the lives he made better and happier because we knew him.The Seversons send our sympathy to all and regret we can’t be with you, hold each other close.
      Love Jerry and Glenda

    • Becky and family you are in our thoughts and prayers. Mike was an awesome husband, dad, grandpa, and friend. He will be missed by so many.. Love and hugs to everyone.

    • Our hearts are so heavy.We want to send our love to you all.What a great guy Mike was.We had many great times together.We are so sorry that we won’t be there,but remembering the last fun time at Ras on Main the Monday before we left a week ago.Sending love to you all.
      Love Eldon&Sharon