Michael Jerome Goelz Jr., 86, of Prairie du Sac, passed away Nov. 23, 2018 at Columbia Health Care Center in Wyocena after an injury at home.
He was born on a farm in Franklin, Minnesota, on Aug. 12, 1932 to the late Michael J Sr., and Mary (Majerus) Goelz. Mike graduated at the age of 16 from high school in Franklin, and worked on the family farm until his parents’ deaths.
He met the love of his life Lee Ann Larson at the age of 20 when he was setup on an arranged date with friends to a baseball game. They were married July 18, 1952, and had 66 years of wedded bliss, before Lee Ann’s death on Sept. 12, 2018.
Mike built his first home in Hopkins, Minnesota, where he continued to grow his family of five daughters. Mike worked as a salesman before becoming the manager of the Minneapolis store for DoAll Tool and Die Company. The family moved from Minneapolis to Dayton Ohio and then to Barrington, Illinois as Mike was transferred to different offices to help struggling departments.
In 1979 Mike and Lee Ann bought the John Deere Implement business in Sauk City, and later the Bobcat Franchise in Madison. Mike and LeeAnn both retired in 2000 and began exploring the country in their R.V.
Mike’s family was most important to him. He was very involved with his daughters’ lives, from building ice skating rinks in the yard, to serving as President of the Northmont Band Boosters. Mike was depended on to fix anything that accidently broke, or build something his daughters could dream up. He was known to spoil his grandchildren; his homemade popcorn was known to make everything better, and his popcorn balls were looked forward to every holiday.
“He who dies with the most toys wins” was Mike’s motto and he definitely lived up to that. Mike had a variety of interests which included NASCAR, the Packers, hunting, snowmobiling, fishing, four wheeling, water sports even though he never learned to swim, camping, and spending time with his family at the family cabin on Lake Wisconsin. He also got the entire family involved over the holidays selling Christmas trees and homemade wreaths. Most recently he won two trophies in the local antique tractor show held at McFarlanes where he showed his father’s first John Deere Tractor, which he also enjoyed showing off in the Cow Chip Parade.
Mike was survived by, and a proud father of five daughters, Shirlee (Byron) Lewis, Julie (Jeff) Balch, Michele (Brian) Bertrand, Jean (Jim) Covers and Susan Kurzinski; sixteen grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren; and son-in-law Marty Kurzinski; other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents and wife, Lee Ann; Mike was preceded in death by four sisters, Annie, Josie, Theresa, and Evelyn.
As per Mike’s wishes, a celebration of his life will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday Dec. 2, 2018 at the Lake Wisconsin Country Club, N.1076 Golf Road, Prairie du Sac. Online condolences may be made at hooversonfuneralhomes.com.