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Michael John Kwakkel entered his heavenly home on Feb. 7, 2019, where he will find waters clearer than those of Tuttle Lake and where he will be wakesurfing and wakeboarding to his heart’s content.

Mike was born Oct. 1, 1972 the eldest son of Kathleen (Howard) and the late Jo Ross Kwakkel. Mike attended Waupun schools and graduated in 1990. He was a fantastic hockey player and captain of the team. The day Mike turned 18, he began his working career at Alto Dairy, always working long hours and working as much overtime as he could. Mike joined Karavan Trailers as a supervisor. He moved on to Mayville Engineering, where he met many fantastic people. In 2016, Mike joined Kelly, the love of his life, in running the Jor-Mac Company in Lomira. On Feb. 1, 2019, Mike married Kelly Sayles in a fairy-tale wedding just before his death. Mike and Kelly were a very special couple. Each one’s talents complimented the others. Together they ran a very successful rental property business. This past year, they enjoyed flipping a house on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Mike was a very special dad to his daughters, Ashley and Nicole. He was very proud of them and truly enjoyed the time at Tuttle Lake with them and some special vacations. Mike was the kindest soul and friend to all. Finding the best in everyone is how Mike lived his life.

Mike is survived by his wife, Kelly of Waupun; his two special daughters: Ashley and Nicole Kwakkel of Waupun; his mother, Kathy Kirchoff, and stepfather, Kerry Kirchoff, of Waupun; a brother, Matthew (Kathleen) Kwakkel of Waupun; ste-brothers Justin Kirchoff and Anthony Kirchoff; mother-in-law Maureen Sayles of Horicon; a stepson, Kale Samplawski of Waupun; stepgranddaughter Kora; stepgrandson Noah; brothers-in-law, Kevin Sayles of Waupun, Kurt (RoxAnn) Sayles of Horicon, Korey Sayles of Horicon and Klint (Melissa) Sayles of Horicon; a sister-in-law, Kristin (Jim) Young of Lomira; an uncle, David (Sue) Howard of Waupun; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Mike was preceded in death by his father, Jo Ross Kwakkel; a brother, Marcus Kwakkel; maternal grandparents, John and Louise Howard; paternal grandparents, Leonard and Viola Kwakkel; and his special dog, Rocky.

Funeral services for Michael Kwakkel will be held Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 10:30 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waupun with the Rev. Jeff Nicla officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Mound Cemetery in Waupun. Friends and relatives may call on the family on Tuesday at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun from 4-8 p.m. and on Wednesday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.

It is Mike’s request that memorials be directed to Waupun Food Pantry.

Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home of Waupun and staff are serving the family. Visit for more information and to send condolences.

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