Michael Kwakkel

Date of Death: Feb 07, 2019
Michael Kwakkel

1972 - 2019

Michael John Kwakkel entered his heavenly home on February 7, 2019 where he will find waters clearer than those of Tuttle Lake and where he will be wakesurfing and wakeboarding to his heart’s content.

Mike was born October 1, 1972 the eldest son of Kathleen (Howard) and the late Jo Ross Kwakkel. Mike attended Waupun schools and graduated in 1990. He was a fantastic hockey player and captain of the team. The day Mike turned 18 he began his working career at Alto Dairy, always working long hours and working as much overtime as he could. Mike joined Karavan Trailers as a supervisor. He moved on to Mayville Engineering where he met many fantastic people. In 2016 Mike joined Kelly, the love of his life, in running the Jor-Mac Company in Lomira. On February 1, 2019 Mike married Kelly Sayles in a fairytale wedding just before his death. Mike and Kelly were a very special couple. Each one’s talents complimented the others. Together they ran a very successful rental property business. This past year they enjoyed flipping a house on the Mississippi gulf coast. Mike was a very special dad to his daughters, Ashley and Nicole. He was very proud of them and truly enjoyed the time at Tuttle Lake with them and some special vacations. Mike was the kindest soul and friend to all. Finding the best in everyone is how Mike lived his life.

Mike is survived by his wife, Kelly of Waupun; his two special daughters: Ashley and Nicole Kwakkel of Waupun; his mother, Kathy Kirchoff and step-father, Kerry Kirchoff of Waupun; a brother, Matthew (Kathleen) Kwakkel of Waupun; step-brothers: Justin Kirchoff and Anthony Kirchoff; mother-in-law, Maureen Sayles of Horicon; a step-son, Kale Samplawski of Waupun; step-granddaughter, Kora; step-grandson, Noah; brothers-in-law, Kevin Sayles of Waupun, Kurt (RoxAnn) Sayles of Horicon, Korey Sayles of Horicon, and Klint (Melissa) Sayles of Horicon; a sister-in-law, Kristin (Jim) Young of Lomira; an uncle, David (Sue) Howard of Waupun; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Mike was preceded in death by his father, Jo Ross Kwakkel; a brother, Marcus Kwakkel; maternal grandparents, John and Louise Howard; paternal grandparents, Leonard and Viola Kwakkel; and his special dog, Rocky.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Tuesday at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun from 4-8 p.m. and on Wednesday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.


Funeral services for Michael Kwakkel will be held Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waupun with Rev. Jeff Nicla officiating.


Burial will follow at Forest Mound Cemetery in Waupun.

Memorial Contributions

It is Mike’s request that memorials be directed to the Waupun Food Pantry.

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  1. Terri Respalje Says: February 8, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    My heart goes out to your family. May you be Blessed with peace. My prayers are for your faith to arise in the days ahead. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  2. Mary Mueller De Smidt Says: February 9, 2019 at 12:29 am

    Dear Kathy I am so sorry for your loss. No mother should have to endure this heartache…please know I’m thinking of you, praying for your peace and hugging you with my whole heart.

    • Karen baker Says: February 10, 2019 at 7:01 pm

      Dear Aunt Kathy, my heart goes out to you and your family. I know how it right now and I pray you will have peace soon.

      Love Karen

  3. Darra Weinberger Says: February 9, 2019 at 7:56 am

    So sorry for your loss! Prayers for the family!

  4. Tom and Dianna Williams Says: February 9, 2019 at 8:22 am

    So sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. I always enjoyed working with him at MEC. He was a classy person and always could be counted on to get things done! Condolences to your family?

  5. Bruce R Budde Says: February 9, 2019 at 8:40 am

    So sorry to hear this. I worked with Mike at MEC and he always said Hi to everyone with a smile on his face, which is very hard to see these days. Again sorry for your loss.

  6. Craig Gorst Says: February 9, 2019 at 9:50 am

    Sorry to hear this, Mike was a Great classmate, remember his tremendous laugh and always smiling.

  7. Terri Parchim’s m Says: February 9, 2019 at 10:08 am

    I am so sorry for your loss! Mike was an exceptional person who always did his best to leave you with a smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you all! Kelly, my heart goes out to you!!

  8. Jim and Ruth Rehrauer Says: February 9, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    Dear Kathy
    Please accept our deepest sympathy
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you
    Take care

  9. Pam Koerner Says: February 9, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    Sending all of you my deepest sympathy. I’m so sorry to hear of your heartbreaking loss. Your in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Dale Wanta Says: February 10, 2019 at 9:38 am

    Kelly my heart go out to you.you are in my thoughts and prayers

  11. Cindy Gurgoze Says: February 10, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    I am so sorry for the loss of my cousin Mike. I’m keeping all of my family there in my prayers.? I love you all!

  12. Ute Hauschild Says: February 10, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Kathy and Family!
    So sorry for your loss.
    My deepest symphathy!
    Ute Hauschild!

  13. Chipper luisi Says: February 11, 2019 at 7:23 am

    Very sad day i worked with mike at mec and was hoping to work with him at jor mac also he was a super special guy that will be missed by many so sorry/prayers to his family for your loss his life was too short for us all RIP mike kwakkel

  14. Offering my sincere condolences in this time of grief. He will be remembered well by all those who’s lives he touched

  15. Stephanie Sayles Says: February 12, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss Kelly. Happy to hear about the nuptials. Very sweet. Thinking about you??

  16. ALFONSO GUERRERO ZAMORA Says: February 13, 2019 at 4:13 am

    RIP Boss Paco

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