Michael J. Elko, 75, of Gillett, passed away at his residence on Friday December 31, 2021. He was born on November 25, 1946 in Oconto County, son of the late Michael and Esther (Kolby) Elko.
Michael served in active duty in the US Navy from 1965-1969. He served in the reserves from 1969 until his honorable discharge as an E6 Petty Officer in 1990. He had received numerous military awards during his service time. On December 20, 1969, he married Aleta Frank at Christ Lutheran Church in Hintz, WI. Michael was a member of Community Bible Church in Lena, where he enjoyed participating in Bible Study Group. He was employed as a railroad car repairman at Green Bay & Western rail yard. Michael loved to talk and share ideas with everyone and was especially drawn to anybody wearing a veteran’s hat. Michael was a member of the National Rifle Association, American Legion Post #300, the FRA Association, and the National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees, Inc. Michael enjoyed fishing, hunting, muzzle loading, going to the Navarino Nature Center for trap shooting, listening
to the WTAQ radio talk show, working on his metal lathes in his shop, as well as rummage saling and napping.
He is survived by his wife Aleta of Gillett; two children, Timothy (Angie) Elko, Gillett and
Amanda (Rick) Funderburg, California; three grandchildren, Ivy & Edi Elko and Jack Funderburg; and one sister Susie Jaworski, Arizona; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends also survive.
A visitation for Michael will be held at Kuehl Funeral Home, 108 E Main Street, Gillett from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM on Friday, April 8, 2022. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 AM officiated by Pastor Jim Harley. Military Rites will be accorded following services. Michael has been cremated and will be laid to rest at a later date. Expressions of sympathy may be left for the family by visiting www.kuehlfuneralhome.com.
Amanda, Rick, & Jack, we were so saddened to hear of your sudden loss. I know how much you looked forward to the trips to WI to visit and when your Dad & mom were able to travel here to CA also. I hope the memories & pictures you have from those times spent together bring some comfort at this difficult time.