Michael “Mick” Rudolph Sorge

Michael Mick Rudolph Sorge

Michael “Mick” Rudolph Sorge, age 82, of Prairie du Sac, passed away Wednesday evening, June 22, 2022, at Maplewood Nursing Home, Sauk City.

Mick was born on August 6, 1939, on the home farm in Hickory Flats, near Muscoda, WI. He was the oldest of eight children, born to the late Rudolph “Rudy” and Marie (Kolar) Sorge. Mick was elected President of his Senior Class, and graduated from Blue River High School in 1957. He then furthered his education, graduating from UW-Platteville in 1961 with a degree in Agricultural Education, a minor in Social Sciences, and a K-8 certificate. Mick married his high school sweetheart, Kathleen “Kate” Kinney, on June 10, 1961, at St. Phillips Catholic Church in Soldiers Grove, WI.

Mick and Kate moved to Sauk City in 1962, where Mick began his 36-year, esteemed career in education with the Sauk Prairie School District. He spent 34 years of his career influencing the lives of many students at the Sauk Prairie Middle School. He was not only a distinguished and respected teacher, mentor, assistant principal, and athletic director, but he also shared his passion for sports and coached many student-athletes in multiple sports throughout his 42-year coaching career. His philosophy for athletes was to work hard, give 100 percent, and play as a team. But most importantly, he encouraged them to develop a love and appreciation for the sport and to have fun. He also dedicated 40+ years as a scorekeeper for several Sauk Prairie varsity sports. Mick was honored in September 1999, when he was inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame as a “Friend of Basketball”.

Mick loved the outdoors, especially fishing and hunting, and shared this passion with family, friends and youth in the Sauk-Prairie community. He was a DNR Instructor for Snowmobile Safety for more than 20 years and trained many eager middle-schoolers to appreciate Wisconsin’s winter season. You could often find Mick on the bays of Lake Wisconsin ice fishing, regardless of the temperature, from “first-ice” to “ice-out”. Following his retirement from teaching in 1998, he enjoyed returning to his childhood roots and loved devoting many hours in the combine every Fall to harvest soybeans and corn with his youngest brother on the Sorge farm in Blue River. Fall was his favorite, but he loved every season on the farm with his family. Mick enjoyed many other hobbies and loved to read and keep up with current events. He was a big supporter of all Wisconsin sports teams and especially loved to watch the Badgers and Brewers.

The legacy from his woodworking talents will forever be enjoyed by his family and friends. He also loved trail-riding on the UTV with Kate and their friends through the rolling hills of Sauk County, and enjoyed playing cards, especially Euchre and Solo at family gatherings. Mick had a strong love for his family, enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s events, and was their biggest fan. He also loved to travel and took numerous vacations with family to Branson, Niagara Falls, and Colorado, as well as the annual family trip to Hayward. Mick demonstrated deep love, strength, and an incredible will to live life, especially the past two years. He was forever grateful, always thanking others and putting the needs of others before his own. Mick had a deep faith in God and was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Sauk City.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Michael (Lori) Sorge of Poynette; a daughter and son-in-law, Rita (Steve) Selden of Prairie du Sac; five grandchildren: Kaylee Selden, Jordan Sorge, Claire Selden, Mikayla Sorge, and Kelsey Selden; three sisters and two brothers-in-law: Jeanine Larson, Byron, IL; Mary (Doug) Adams, Janesville; and Connie (Greg) Butteris, Little Chute; four brothers and four sisters-in-law: Jim (Judy) Sorge, Medford; Tom (Kathleen) Sorge, Eagle, ID; Patrick “Buzz” (Deb) Sorge, Osseo; and Tim (Patsy) Sorge, Blue River; two brothers-in-law and four sisters-in-law: Leo (Phyllis) Kinney, Winneconne; Irene Joyce, Richland Center; Janet Kinney, Blue River; and Kyrie (Jane) Kinney, Blue River. Many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, and dear friends also survive.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Kate, on July 16, 2019; his parents, Rudy and Marie Sorge; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Marguerite Kinney; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Ralph Larson, Theresa (James) O’Connor, John “Jack” (Sally) Kinney, Paul (Elaine) Kinney, Mary Knothe, Joseph Joyce, Thomas Kinney, and Jerome “Jerry” Kinney; and three nephews: Eric Sorge, Mark Knothe, and Mike Knothe.

A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Sauk City. Father James Kotch will officiate, with burial at St. Aloysius Cemetery in Sauk City. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Hooverson Funeral Home, 251 Water Street, Sauk City.

Mick’s family would like to express their sincerest gratitude and appreciation to Dr. Frank Jung; Christa Raymond, APNP; St. Mary’s Heart Failure Clinic, especially nurses Sonya and Jessica; Dr. John McAuliffe; the staff at Agrace Hospice Care, especially Kevin; the staff of Maplewood Nursing Home; and all the caregivers at Sauk Prairie Healthcare.

Hooverson Funeral Home in Sauk City is assisting the family. Online condolences available at www.hooversonfuneralhomes.com.

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