Michael A. Eckstein

Michael A. Eckstein

Michael A. Eckstein, age 68, of Poynette, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. He was born on Oct. 28, 1948, in Prairie du Sac, Wis., the son of Andrew and Mary (Adank) Eckstein. After graduating from Madison West High School in 1966, Mike followed in his father’s footsteps and enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving his country for four years. From this time forward Mike proudly displayed the flag at his home and on his boats. He met Mary Haug during his time in the Navy. They were married on Oct. 23, 1971, in Verona Wis. He then attended MATC where he earned his associates degree in Mechanical Design Engineering. Mike worked for Madison Kipp for many years and then decided to develop his own business as a tool design engineer, retiring in 2016. He was a proud member of Waunakee American Legion Post 360. He had a true appreciation for all things outdoors. Hunting, fishing, boating, and skiing with family and friends took top priority. But his love of dogs, particularly, Yellow Labrador Retrievers ranked very high. He owned four during his adult life and spoiled them all. His friends knew Mike was their “go to” person with any technology related questions. From your computer to your boat he welcomed any opportunity to help a friend or even a complete stranger. Leaving them all knowing he would give his all to solve any of their issues. He had a robust laugh which was easy to pick out of a crowd. He often told his jokes over and over usually laughing louder than those listening. He always tried to pay it forward and was kind and thoughtful to anyone in his life.

In addition to Mary, his wife of nearly 47 years, survivors include his children, Cory (Brenda Lins), Trent, and Shara Eckstein; his two grandchildren, Katlyn and William Eckstein; two sisters, Elaine Wenger and Julie Eckstein; his two brothers, Richard (Beth), Gary (Luanne); and other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Celebration of Michael’s Life will be held at WAUNAKEE AMERICAN LEGION POST 360, 417 E. Main St., Waunakee, from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m on Saturday Oct. 28, 2017. Military rites will be conducted by the Post at 2:30pm. Online condolences may be made atwww.gundersonfh.com.
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Funeral & Cremation Care
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