Michael J. Russek, age 49, of Delano, died suddenly Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, at the Buffalo Hospital.
Mike was born Feb. 27, 1967, to Dave and Rose (Fritz) Russek, the eldest of six siblings: Lori, Theresa, Dan (Mary), Pat (Jill) and Paul.
He attended Delano High School, where he starting dating Teri Horsch in 1985. Upon graduation, he attended Hennepin Tech for architectural drafting.
Mike and Teri were married in 1989, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. They welcomed their first child, Scott, in 1991. Since then, they had seven children in total: Scott (Kelly), Sarah (20), Steven (18), Shannon (15), Samuel (12), Nicholas (9), and Joseph (7).
Mike enjoyed helping coach Scott and Steven’s baseball teams, guiding them in building projects for their 4-H club and in shooting sports, supporting them through college, teaching them to drive, and giving them an impeccable sense of sarcasm. He became a grandfather to Scott and Kelly’s children; Lily, Theodore, and William, and loved every aspect of being a grandparent with Teri.
Mike was known for his ability to fix anything, from a faulty appliance to a bad play in baseball. Friends and family sought his expertise, which always came with a grin and a witty remark.
Mike had a fondness for music both live performance and vintage records, all of which he enjoyed with his wife. One of his greatest hobbies was classic cars, which prompted him to begin restoration on his own ’64 Chevrolet Chevelle.
Mike had been employed at Dura Supreme as a maintenance tech since 2005, and recently started working part time as a weekend manager at Flippin Bill’s in Delano.
Mike’s family and friends will remember him for the humor he brought to every situation, as well as the meaningful advice he gave that got them through difficult times.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano, with interment at Calvary Cemetery, Delano.
Visitation was Monday, Nov. 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. in Martha’s Hall of St. Peter Catholic Church; and continued Tuesday, 10 to 11 a.m. at the church, prior to the Mass.
Arrangements were with the Iten Funeral Home, Delano.