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“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” ~Thomas Campbell

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“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” ~Thomas Campbell

Koplitz, Michael 3
With heavy hearts, we are saddened by the unexpected passing of Mike on November 10, 2017 in California.

Born September 12, 1961 to James and Sharon (Janz) Koplitz. He married his High School sweetheart Laura (Przybylski) Koplitz on August 29, 1987 and celebrated their 30th Anniversary last summer. He will be dearly missed by his little buddy “Teddy”, who sat on his stool waiting excitedly for his papa to come home. Teddy enjoyed singing to his papa on the phone and at home while his Hallmark and other stuffed toys played music.

There were many things throughout his life that he held dear to him and enjoyed doing. He made it a point when on the road to call Laura every day to make sure she was alright, and she and Teddy were safe. She, in return, would make him his favorite home cooked meal and have it waiting for him when he came home off the road. They enjoyed farming together on their beef farm, and in earlier years, shared a deer farm with many magnificent bucks. It was their plan for Mike to retire next spring after 31 years at Kolbe & Kolbe to start building their retirement home in Tripoli.

In his younger years Mike enjoyed spending time with his Grandpa (Buster Janz) just hanging out. He liked riding and racing motocross dirt bikes, restoring his Ford Mustang by himself, and building his log cabin with his brother, Brian. He enjoyed fishing trips to Canada and hunting trips out West with friends, and at their cabin for the last 35 years. In these past years, he just liked coming up North spending time at their farm and the cabin to hang out with family and friends. He also took pride in, and enjoyed his special time when grandpa Earl Koplitz came to live with them and worked with him, side by side, teaching him how to farm.

We will all miss him dearly and will never forget his infectious smile that lit up his whole face.

He is survived by his wife, Laura; mother and father, Jim and Sharon Koplitz; brother, Brian Koplitz; niece, Amanda (Jeff) Sarauer; aunt, Donna Janz, aunt, Mary Ann Przybylski; father in-law, Roman Przybylski; sister in-law, Susan Riedel; brother in-law, Ken Kersten; sister in-law, Sandy (Gary) Kozlowski; and brother in-law, Mike (Kari) Przybylski; nephews, Richie, Eric, Joe and Kenny Kersten, Travis and Tyler Kozlowski, Aaron and Ryan Larson; nieces, Tanner, Victoria, Makenna and Sammi Przybylski; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews throughout the family.

He is preceded in death by his brother, Stevie Koplitz; sister, Shelly (Koplitz) Bonnel; and brother in-law, James Bonnel; grandparents, Buster and Shirley Janz and Earl and Stella Koplitz; mother in-law, Carol Przybylski.

A celebration of Mike’s life will be held Saturday, December 2nd at 11:00 am at Brainard Funeral Home – Everest Chapel, 5712 Memorial Court, Weston. A visitation will be held from 9:00 am until the time of service.

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  1. Tracey Finck

    11/22/2017 at 12:25 pm

    Jim and Sharon and family. My deepest sympathy to you my heart goes out to you !! So sorry fir your loss!!

  2. Drew & Carol Buehler

    11/22/2017 at 12:25 pm

    Jim and Sharon, you have our sincerest sympathy in the loss of your son, Mike. May he rest in peace.

  3. Robin Sowinski

    11/22/2017 at 12:25 pm

    I was sorry to hear of the passing of Mike. We went to school together and are distant relatives but, distant never meant anything ….a relative is a relative. We always thought of ourselves as cousins however distant. I always had a soft spot for my cousin, so seeing he passed was very sad. My heart goes out to Laura and the rest of Mike’s family. With deepest sympathies to you all. RIP my Cousin.

  4. Donald Hintz

    11/22/2017 at 12:25 pm

    My family and I were saddened to hear of the passing of my colleague and friend. I had the pleasure of working with Mike for over 30 years. Mike enjoyed the work he did, but he also enjoyed sitting down and sharing hunting stories and tales of the “old days”. I looked forward to meeting up with him around the country because I knew after all of the work was complete, there would be time for those stories. Years back, after the job was done here in Colorado, my family and I took Mike for a ride in the mountains. He found a rock or two for his collection and thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Mike often spoke of his wife, Laura and I knew he couldn’t wait to get back home. Rest in peace my friend! Don Hintz

  5. Cheryl Moeser

    11/22/2017 at 12:25 pm

    Jeff and I are so so sorry to hear about Mike’s passing. He was an amazing man. Mike and Jeff spent many hours together working on little projects when Mike was home from his work travels. He will be missed. Love, Jeff and Cheryl Moeser

  6. Todd Raddatz

    11/22/2017 at 12:25 pm

    Jim, Sharon, Brian and Amanda.
    I am so sorry for your Loss. Mike was a great man, I know that I am a much better person having known him. He will be deeply missed. Please know that your family will be in the prayers of me and my family. Once again my deepest condolences.

  7. J Miles

    11/22/2017 at 12:25 pm

    My heart goes out to the family and friends. Understandably, the Bible refers to death as an enemy. However, when Jesus was here on earth, he referred to those who experience death as simply “sleeping”, awaiting a future resurrection. (John 11:11-14) We are given much comfort in the Bible by the hope of that same future awakening of those who’ve died. Imagine the joy you’ll have to be able to welcome back our lost loved ones. It is going to be incredible!  John 5:28,29; Acts 24:15

  8. Sue Rebedew

    11/22/2017 at 12:25 pm

    We are so very sad to hear this.
    Jim, Sharon, Brian and Amanda, you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    With deepest condolences,
    Jamie, Sue and Cyle Rebedew

  9. Cheryl and Patrick Kinney

    11/22/2017 at 12:25 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Cheryl and Patrick Kinney