Michael “Mickey” Joseph Lipka
Michael J “Mickey ” Lipka, age 94, died peacefully at Maplewood Nursing Home in Sauk City, WI on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in the company of family.
Mickey was born in Chicago on Christmas Day, 1922. He was the fourth and youngest child of Michael and Julia. Mickey’s father, Michael was quarantined in a TB hospital when Mickey was born and died there without the chance to raise his namesake. Mickey grew up with support from his mother and older sisters and brother. He excelled at school and won awards at the Chicago Boys Club. After graduating, he enlisted in the Army and was selected for pilot training. He flew a cargo transport plane in South Asia supplying equipment, fuel and ammunition from India to China. His flights include traversing, “The Hump “as the ever weather-bound Himalayan mountains were nicknamed. He was always able to recall those years with great detail.
After the military, he returned to Chicago and worked as a production engineer at Avon cosmetics where he first met the love of his life, Betty Reid. They married on July 19, 1952, in Chicago. Mickey, Betty and her son Tom moved to Jamestown, NY where Mickey managed his father in law’s garden center. When the business was eventually sold, they returned to Chicago and Mickey returned to engineering projects related to production efficiency. He and Betty retired to Hot Springs Village, Ar. where they enjoyed their new friends, golf and volunteer work at a local hospital. They came to Wisconsin to be near family in 1998 and settled in Prairie du Sac.
Mickey was preceded in death by his wife Betty; his brother John Lipka; sister, Helen Butts; and parents, Michael and Julia Lipka.
He is survived by his stepson, Thomas Reid and his wife Susan and many nephews and nieces.
A Mass of Catholic burial will be held at 11:30 am on Thurs. Dec. 7, 2017, at St. Aloysius Church, 115 Madison St., Sauk City. A visitation will be held in the church foyer beginning at 10:30 AM. Military Honors will be accorded by the Lachmund Cramer VFW Post 7694 at the St. Aloysius cemetery.
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