Michael Witz
Michael Witz
Michael Witz
Michael Witz

Obituary of Michael William Witz

Michael William Witz, 20, Barnum, died May 13, 2002 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mike was currently living in Duluth with his girlfriend of four years, Katy Schmidt. Mike was born December 17, 1981 in Cloquet to William and Sandra (Ratzer) Witz. Mike attended area schools and high school in Cloquet and Carlton. He was working on obtaining his GED. Mike worked at numerous businesses in the area, including Hardees and The Little Store in Cloquet, FingerHut and Applebee's in Duluth. Most recently he worked with his father at Koch Trucking Co. and was employed at the Spur Station in Piedmont and worked part time at the Country Kitchen in Proctor. Mike also worked throughout his life on the family farm taking care of the animals, making hay, doing field work and running the farm equipment and doing maintenance. Michael was a very active and hard working young man. He loved riding and working on dirt bikes, four wheelers and enjoyed snowmobiling. Michael was very loving, friendly and affectionate to his family and friends. He always had a smile on his face; loved to joke around to make people laugh and smile. Mike was thoughtful of others and was always around for family or friends when they needed him. He was always helpful and would do anything and everything he could do for anyone. He loved children, animals, music, going to the movies, playing computer and playstation games, tinkering around with his bikes, hooking up and fine tuning electronic equipment, which he planned to further explore in the future. He loved hiking and rock climbing in Jay Cooke State Park and eating at Gordy's High Hat. Mike had planned on joining the US Air Force. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Carl Witz. Michael was deeply loved and will be missed by his mother, Sandra, of Cloquet; his father, Bill, of Barnum; brother, Joseph Witz of Cloquet; sisters, Nicole Wolfswinkel of Cloquet and Amber Witz of Barnum; his girlfriend, Katy Schmidt and her family; grandparents, Vergene Witz of Barnum and Howard & Ozzie Ratzer; great grandmother, Viola Ratzer of Pennsylvania; his aunts and uncles, Corrine (Lyle) Halverson, Roger (Shelley) Ratzer, John Ratzer, William (Tayna) Ratzer and Howard Ratzer II (Cindy Fuller) and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral Services were held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, May 23, 2002 in Salem Lutheran Church, Mahtowa. Interment was in Mount Salem Cemetery, Mahtowa with a reception following in the Bee Hive Community Center.
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