Michael Compton

Date of Death: Oct 01, 2020
Michael Compton

1950 - 2020

Michael “Mike” Compton, 70, of Waupun, passed away October 1, 2020 at his home surrounded by family and friends.

Mike was born April 18, 1950 in Green Bay the son of Bert and Arleen Heim Compton. Mike was a 1968 graduate of Bay Port High School. Following graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force for four years and served a tour of duty in Vietnam. On April 26, 1975 he married Diane Foerster Bowlby in Green Bay. They resided in Green Bay for 10 years before moving to the Waupun area. Mike was employed at Beaver Metals in Beaver Dam for six years and then at Marchant Schmidt, Inc. in Fond du Lac for 20 years from which he retired.

Mike enjoyed the outdoors, both hunting and fishing. He spent much of his time in his garage working with wood and metal. Vacationing on lakes and fishing was a family event. Mike had a fond relationship with his grandson Oliver, and was a father figure to many. Mike was a life member of Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Post 7534-Duck Creek Post of Green Bay.

Mike is survived by his wife, Diane Compton of Waupun; two daughters: Niki Compton of Waupun and Michaela (Cody) Waterworth of Waupun; a son, Tom Bowlby of Redondo Beach, CA; two grandchildren: Chance Bowlby and Oliver Waterworth; a special family friend, Steph; three sisters: Chris (Scott) Thielke, Karen (Bob) Nuthal, and Mary Jane Whiting, all of Green Bay; and his special dog, Nala.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Bert and Arleen Compton; and a brother, Steve Compton.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Saturday from 12 noon until the time of service.


A celebration of life for Mike Compton will be held Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 2 p.m. at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun. American Legion Post 210 will provide military honors following the service. Please follow COVID-19 protocol.

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  1. Joanne Peterson Says: October 5, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    So sorry to read about the passing of your brother Mike. May the fond memories of your time together ease the pain you have in your heart.. My thoughts and prayers are with you…

  2. Joy Suelflohn Says: October 6, 2020 at 9:21 am

    My sincere condolences for your loss and especially to my dear friend Chris from high school. Mike sure was a nice man when we were I knew him so long ago. Prayers for you all.

  3. Marri monie Says: October 6, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    Mike was a great brother to Steve.

  4. Steve Buck Says: October 6, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    So sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. I enjoyed the time we spent working together and got to know him fairly well. He was kind and thoughtful and helpful. My sincerest condolences to the family.

  5. Amy Frigo Says: October 8, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    Diane and family, my heart, prayers and thoughts are with you all.
    I have so many good memories of Mike. From him helping me with different problems, cooking for him, my Dad and Rick when they would go up north deer hunting (especially Mike’s favorite Snickerdoodle cookies!) And all the times we would send my Dad to the store for something and he would come back THREE HOURS LATER because he would stop to visit with Mike! ?
    I’ll miss his smile, laugh and gentle, easygoing nature.
    Mike may be gone from our presence but he will live on in our hearts.
    Love & Friendship,
    Amy F.

  6. Dear Diane and family.
    My heart, thoughts and prayers are are with you all during this painful time in your lives.
    Mike was such a special man. He was kind with an easygoing personality and could always make me smile.
    Mike was always ready to help out someone in need. And even helped me out several times.
    I miss cooking for Mike, my Dad and Brother, Rick when they would go up to Hurley to go hunting. Even making Snickerdoodles, that I was told he would put several in his pocket before heading to the stand.
    And all the times they would go up and take Grandma and the girls.
    My Dad and Mike were like “brothers from different Mothers!” I know it was hard on Mike when my Dad passed away, and I know Rick is going to miss Mike in much the same way.
    Even though Mike is gone from our presence, his legacy will live on in the memories and stories of all of us who loved him.
    May God’s loving peace bless and comfort you all.

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