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Michael Joseph Lepak

April 19, 1944 July 17, 2020
Michael Joseph Lepak
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Mike was born at the old Memorial Hospital in Wausau, WI on April 19th, 1944, to his mom, Violet (Steinke) and dad, Sylvester (deceased). He also had a younger brother, Sylvester Jr., who died at birth. Together with his sister Sandy, Mike spent all of his growing up years in Hatley.

Mike’s childhood was filled with fishing with his Grandpa, Joseph Steinke (deceased), his dad, and his uncle, Joe Jr., up at Grandpa’s cottage. Playing baseball, catching pollywogs and frogs down by the creek, and tobogganing were among his favorite pastimes with childhood friends, Johnny, Timmy, Gary, Abe, Spider, and Dale. Mike was also an altar boy at Saint Florian Parish in Hatley.

There was work to be done, too, and picking beans was Mike’s least favorite childhood activity. He picked beans one summer, but only until he earned enough to buy a new bike. After that, he vowed never to pick beans again!

Mike graduated from DC Everest High School and went on to earn an Associate Degree in Residential Design from North Central Technical College in Wausau. He then joined the US Army Reserves, and served for 10 years. Friendships he made during that time with Rick, Bill, Ron, Dan, Randy, Wayne, Butch, Jay, and Steve meant a lot to him.

Mike’s degree and a good word from his Uncle Dan (by marriage) landed him a job at Wausau Concrete Company (now County Materials Corp.). Mike spent his entire 44-year working career there. He was a loyal, hardworking employee. He never took vacation in the summer over all of those 44 years because that was “the company’s busiest time.”

Mike respected the people he worked with, especially his truck drivers. They respected him, as well. Mike appreciated his drivers as people with families, understood the rigors of long hauls and long hours, and thought well of “the guys” for their work ethic. Every time a truck pulled into the yard, Mike knew which driver it was just by the sound of their truck’s engine.

Mike’s Residential Design degree became somewhat of a hobby for him. He enjoyed designing houses, and he was good at it. Over 50 years together, Mike designed five different homes for his family. He and his wife, Dianne (Hubert) had fun planning the houses together and then decorating them. Even their kids became part of the adventure!

Mike was a loving son and brother to his mom and his sister. There was nothing he couldn’t or wouldn’t do for them. He seeded lawn, built a carport, remodeled the kitchen, installed paneling, did endless yard work, put up Christmas trees and outdoor lights, planted and replaced shrubbery, finished garages…the list goes on. Mike did all of these things very well and, except for the occasional colorful word, all of these projects were fun, family accomplishments that he felt good about.

Mike treated his mother-in-law, Dee Hubert and his father-in-law, Tom, (deceased) with the same love and respect. It was a blessing for them to have Mike in their lives, and they loved him dearly.

Mike met his wife, Dianne, at her Grandma Breske’s (deceased) tavern on a rainy spring day, April 7th, 1968. Mike was coming home after seeing a girl he had met in Wisconsin Rapids. He stopped in at Breske’s Bar for a beer. The same Uncle Dan, mentioned before, introduced Dianne to Mike, and that is how their life, love, and 50 years of marriage began. They were married two years later, April 25th, 1970, at the old Saint Michael’s Church on 6th Street in Wausau.

Mike and Dianne have two sons, Brian and Jesse. The greatest love in Mike’s life was the love he felt for his boys. He was so proud of them, not just for what they have accomplished by their own hard work, but more importantly, the kind of men they made of themselves. They are truly good people who Mike couldn’t mention without his eyes welling up with pride and love.

For nearly six years, Mike faced the challenges of Lewy Body Dementia – an incurable disease that tangles signals in the brain and eventually robbed him of his mind and body. He accepted his diagnosis with quiet dignity.

Mike died with his family beside him on Friday, July 17th, 2020. He is at peace now, resting in the arms of Jesus.

In addition to Mike’s wife, Dianne, and his sons, Brian and Jesse, he is survived by his mom, Violet Lepak, his sister, Sandy Lepak, and his mother-in-law, Dee Hubert. Mike is also survived by loving relatives, Rick (Phyllis), Mandy (Bob), Arla (Chuck), and their families, as well as aunts, uncles, cousins, and his Godchildren, Carmen, Theresa, Lisa, & Andy.

Dianne, Brian, and Jesse would like to thank the staff at Stone Crest Residence for their help in caring for Mike as his condition worsened over the last six months. Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services were added to Mike’s care in June. Their kindness, compassion, and professionalism are sincerely appreciated.

Mike chose many years ago not to have a traditional funeral. His ashes are interred at Restlawn Memorial Park on North Troy Street in Wausau. If ever you would like to come pay your respects, Mike’s niche is through the foyer to the left and then left again at the end of the hall.

If you would like to memorialize Mike, a donation can be made in his name to “Bridge Street Mission,” 115 W. Bridge Street, Wausau, WI 54401.

John J. Buettgen Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences can be expressed at HonorOne.com.

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